MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s entire electricity demand will be completely covered by domestically generated electricity in 12 to 18 months, Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the Federation Council, or upper house of the Russian parliament, said on Tuesday.
"We have partially solved the problem and the importance of this fact was stressed by the Russian president’s visit to Crimea to launch the first electricity transmission line [from mainland Russia]," she told the Russian News Service radio station. "To satisfy Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s demand accelerated efforts are being taken to commission the second transmission line. I am confident that in not more than 18 months entire Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s demands will be covered by electricity generated in Russia."
Earlier, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that Crimea’s own generating facilities with an overall capacity of 940 megawatt would be commissioned by 2018.
"Facilities with a capacity of 940 megawatt will be built here. The works are already in progress at the Simferopol site (470 megawatt) and at the Sevastopol site (470 megawatt). Construction of these electricity plants will be over in 2017-2018," he said.
Crimea’s current electricity demand is about 1,000-1,200 megawatt. Construction of power plants is provided by the federal program of Crimean development.