BAKHCHISARAI, May 18. /TASS/. The emergency situation regime in Crimea, which has been in effect for the past six months in connection with power shortages, has been canceled, the republic’s leader Sergey Aksyonov has said.
"The work to eliminate the man-made emergency situation of regional level is over. The emergency situation mode of operation for the control bodies and the territorial subsystem of the Republic of Crimea has been called off," Aksyonov said. He recalled that power consumption rationing was introduced in Crimea on November 22, 2015 after disruption of power supply from Ukraine.
On May 11 the second unit (fourth power cable - TASS) of the power supply lifeline to Crimea from mainland Russia’s Krasnodar Territory was commissioned. Electric power transfer from the federal power grid grew to 800 megawatts, while Crimea’s overall demand for energy is 1,350 megawatts. Local generating facilities will provide the rest.
Currently in operation in the Crimean Federal District is the Simferopol, Kamysh-Burun, Saki and Sevastopol thermoelectric power plants. Their combined capacity is 165 megawatts. Mobile gas turbine power plants produce another 315 megawatts. Solar and wind power facilities provide about 362 megawatts. Two base power plants having an overall capacity of 940 megawatts are being built near Crimea’s capital Simferopol and Sevastopol. Both are scheduled to go operational in March 2018.
Several pylons of the four high voltage power lines that had delivered electricity to Crimea from Ukraine were blown up in Ukraine’s Kherson Region in November 2015. A massive blackout followed. Crimea opened criminal proceedings over the incident. Former leaders of the outlawed Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people are thought to be the masterminds of the terrorist attack.