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Power supply resumed in Crimea after wide-range blackout

September 01, 2014, 8:38 UTC+3 1 1/9
The wide-range blackout occurred at about 19:00 UTC on Sunday, leaving many cities, including Yalta, Sevastopol, Kerch and Koktebel, and other areas without electricity
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SIMFEROPOL, September 1. /ITAR-TASS/. Electric power supply that was cut off to many Crimean cities overnight was resumed in full, the Crimean energy company (Krymenergo) told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

The system resumed working as normal, a company source said. “Crimea has electricity in full at the moment. It was cut off, but now we are again supplied from Ukraine.”

The wide-range blackout occurred at about 19:00 UTC on Sunday, leaving many cities, including Yalta, Sevastopol, Kerch and Koktebel, and other areas without electricity.

The supply from Ukraine was reduced by almost two thirds, the company said.

Two out of the three main lines stopped operating. In Crimea it was believed to be such revenge from the Ukrainian side for the militia’s successes in southeastern Ukraine.

Crimea is about 80% dependent on power supplies from Ukraine’s unified energy system, including from the Zaporozhye and Nikolayev regions. The peninsula also has own power supply from a heat and electric plant and solar and wind power stations.

Sevastopol prepared for sudden power supply cutoff

Power supply was suddenly sharply reduced to Sevastopol overnight, but the city’s authorities knew about a possible emergency two weeks ago and got prepared for it, Acting Sevastopol Governor Sergei Menyailo told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

All socially important facilities, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and rescue and administrative services had diesel generators operating automatically, he said.

The current supply to Sevastopol met 40-60% of its needs, and the government planned to limit street lighting and cut supply to some facilities at night.

“The population practically will not be affected, if the situation does not become more critical,” Menyailo said.

On August, 31, Ukrainian media reported that the Ukrainian Energy Ministry had ordered all the regional energy companies to prepare a schedule of blackouts.

Electric power supply was cut off to many Crimean cities overnight, but later was resumed in full.

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