MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. Crimea is supported with power generation capacities having volumes twice above consumption and is independent from external power supplies from today, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV Channel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has earlier given a start to operation of Balaklavskaya and Tavricheskaya thermal power plants (TPP) in Crimea with full capacity.
"Starting from today, Crimea is supported with electricity and capacities twice higher than it consumes," the minister said. "The key point is internal generation, self-sufficiency of the region," he added.
Extra output provides significant reserves for development of the region, Novak noted. Power generation by new thermal power plants will be cheaper in comparison to mobile gas-turbine power plants deployed in Crimea in 2014, he added.
First power units of two thermal power plants were put into service last October.