Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ukraine Cuts Power To Crimea Again, Citing Faulty Equipment

A Crimean official said Ukraine had cut off a major source of electrical power to the region, a month after saboteurs first plunged the peninsula annexed by Russia into darkness.

Kirill Moskalenko, a spokesman for the governor of Sevastopol city, said on December 31 that Ukraine cut off the Kakhovka-Titan line to Crimea.

"The line has supplied the peninsula with 250 megawatts. Due to the lack of power supply, Sevastopol is receiving 150 megawatts instead of 195 megawatts," Moskalenko said.

The Ukrainian operator of the power grid, Ukrenergo, said it shut down the Kakhovka-Titan line because some protective equipment came off in the town of Kakhovka, TASS reported.

Kakhovka-Titan had been the only functioning overhead high-voltage transmission line out of four lines that Ukrenergo used to deliver electricity to customers in Crimea before the end of November.

Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, needs around 1 gigawatt of power to keep the lights on.

Crimean authorities said they would limit the use of electricity following the power interruption, which began at around 10 p.m. local time on December 30.

"We will switch to the three-over-three hour power usage schedule. City lighting will be powered down," the government said in a statement.

Electrical power to Crimea was shut off at the end of November when saboteurs blew up pylons in southern Ukraine which supported the four lines that supplied Crimea with the bulk of its power. Ukraine nationalists then blocked access to the site and prevented Ukrainian energy workers from repairing them.

The saboteurs have not been identified. Crimean Tatars were prominent members of the group blockading the site, but they denied they had anything to do with blowing up the pylons.

The power cuts affected some 2 million people, who had to use emergency generators for electricity. Power was partly restored after about two weeks.
[With reporting by Reuters, TASS, Interfax, and Sputniknews.com]
rferl.org

31/12/15
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  1. The Kakhovka-Titan high-voltage transmission line, which transmits electric power from Ukraine to Crimea, has been shut down after its protective equipment had gone off, an official at Urkenergo, the national operator of the power grids said on Wednesday night.....

    "Specialists are probing into why the protective system in (the town of) Kahkhovka went off," an official said. Kakhovka-Titan is the only functioning overhead high-voltage transmission line of the four lines, which Ukrenergo used to deliver electricity to the customers in Crimea before the end of November. An agreement on deliveries of electric power from Ukraine to Russia’s Crimean Federal District expires on Thursday, December 31. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said on Tuesday the issue of electricity supplies to Crimea was to be examined by the National Defense and Security Council. "Power engineering is related to the sphere of national security and that’s why the issue of deliveries to Crimea should be taken up by the National Defense and Security Council," he told a major news conference. The leader of a radical nationalistic faction of the Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Cemilev said earlier prolongation of the agreement on supplies of electricity to Crimea could be possible only if the peninsula was termed ‘the Autonomous Republic of Crimea’, the name it had before reunification with Russia in March 2014, not the Crimean Federal District which it is now. Cemilev also put forward a number of other conditions, saying President Petro Poroshenko had agreed with them. Poroshenko also allegedly said the transmissions of electricity to Crimea would unless these conditions were observed.............http://tass.ru/en/politics/848024

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  2. Le président de Russie Vladimir Poutine a commandé un sondage d'opinion en Crimée ainsi qu'à Sébastopol avant de conclure le contrat de fourniture d'électricité avec l'Ukraine...

    "La première question disait: Soutenez-vous, oui ou non, le contrat conclu avec l'Ukraine pour la fourniture d'une part de l'énergie électrique en Crimée et à Sébastopol, s'il y est stipulé que la Crimée et Sébastopol font partie de l'Ukraine?", a communiqué le ministre russe de l'Energie Alexandre Novak.

    Le ministre a rappelé que c'était la formule sur laquelle insistait Kiev et que la Russie ne pouvait accepter. Selon lui, le président a jugé pertinent d'organiser un sondage avant de prendre une décision définitive à propos du contrat.

    "La deuxième question du sondage était la suivante: Etes-vous prêt à subir des difficultés temporaires liées à des interruptions mineures de courant pendant les 3 ou 4 prochains mois?", a relevé le ministre.

    Les résultats de ce sondage mené par le centre d'étude de l'opinion publique Vtsiom seront publiés ce vendredi 1er janvier.

    On apprenait en décembre que le gouvernement de Russie avait augmenté le financement de la Crimée et de Sébastopol destiné à l'achat d'électricité à l'Ukraine. En 2016, la Crimée recevra à ces fins 10,7 milliards de roubles (10 milliards en 2015) et Sébastopol, 2,5 milliards (2,4 milliards en 2015).....http://fr.sputniknews.com/russie/20160101/1020695953/crimee-electricite-sondage-ukraine.html#ixzz3vzCI9Cfc
    1/1/16

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