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Russia may link power grids of Krasnodar territory and Crimea within two years

March 24, 2014, 21:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The first stage of the program of Crimea’s energy supply envisages creating reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatt
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MOSCOW, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian government discusses a draft plan to link power grids of the Krasnodar territory and Crimea, a source knowledgeable of the progress in interdepartmental consultations told Itar-Tass.

The first stage of the program of Crimea’s energy supply envisages creating reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatt, said the source.

“Diesel generators with the capacity of 56 megawatt have been delivered to Crimea and nine mobile gas-turbine power plants with the capacity of some 202 megawatt are being assembled. This process must be completed by mid-May. It is planned to provide reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatt,” said the source, adding that this amount exceeds Crimean domestic consumption.

The peak electricity consumption in Crimea is about 1.2 gigawatt, the usual level being 800 megawatt. Some 50 megawatt out of this volume goes to uninterruptible power supply facilities, such as the social infrastructure and the Black Sea Fleet. Crimea’s own capacity is some 550 megawatt, with electricity from renewable sources accounting for 240-270 megawatt.

The second stage of the programme of Crimea’s energy supply, planned for two years, envisages linking the power grids of the Krasnodar territory and Crimea by stretching a power transmission line over the Kerch Strait, said the source, noting that, according to preliminary estimates, the cost of the network and of the transformers will be about 50 billion rubles.

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