Putin launched the first string of power bridge to Crimea

Putin launched the first string of power bridge to Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, 2 December. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin took part in the launching ceremony for the first leg of the power bridge to Crimea.


“Now we are launching the first circuit, there are a lot of new equipment that is being used, so need to adjust. And we should warn the consumers – the residents of Crimea, that there are still some failures. But in General, the first circuit should work steadily, it is 200 megawatts,” – said Putin before the start of electricity.

The President continued: “I Hope that, maybe, before December 20, a little early, at least 15 will start the second chain and it will not be 400 megawatts”.

According to Putin, in may will be running additional capacity for the supply of electricity. “In may, I would like to do this as quickly as possible, maybe even before preparation for the summer season, so that was another 400 megawatts. We thus has fully replaced the supply of electricity from Ukraine”, – said Putin.

According to him, this process, of course, also need to synchronize with the gas industry, with builders CHP, so that in 2017 to have a “more private, the Crimean, the generation”.

Putin arrived in Crimea on Wednesday at about 21:50 Moscow time.

Novak admitted that the second chain will be able to run until December 20

The second chain of the first stage of the power bridge can be put into operation before the previously scheduled date of 20 December. This was stated by Minister of energy Alexander Novak.

Before that, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has charged to accelerate the commissioning of the second leg of the power bridge, to try to make it to December 15.

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Novak, in turn, said that the power of the connected Sunday the first circuit is 200 MW. “By the end of December, 20, maybe as You set the task, we can do it before, we will try, we further 200 MW will serve”, – the Minister has reported to the head of state.

According to Novak, the first 100 MW from the launched energy bridge in the Crimea will be able to get now. “Since the beginning of the connection, today it will be possible to provide the electric power transfer capacity of about 100 MW from the first 200 MW, which allows this submarine cable chain. The second 100 MW, we shall find, I think, in the next few days”, – said the Minister.

Novak recalled that the second phase of power bridge for another 400 MW must be entered in may.

In General, the connection of the Crimean power system with unified power system of Russia on four underwater circuits with a total capacity of 800 MW involves the creation of two new substations and more than 500 km of high voltage transmission lines.

He stressed that the timing of this task were initially hard, but given the situation of absence since late November flows in the Crimea from the Ukrainian side, “it was decided to apply all necessary measures to accelerate the construction of the first chain.” “Thanks to the builders that are here, our power company, this work was carried out”, – said the Minister. According to him, in the shortest terms were also completed works at the substation “Taman” were introduced and other necessary work.

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Minister of energy of the Russian Federation also recalled that the scheme of energy supply of the Peninsula involves the construction in 2017-2018 two plants – in Sevastopol and in Simferopol (each 470 MW).

According to Novak, the security of the energy bridge from the Krasnodar region in the Crimea will be secured.

“Certainly, on this question there are appropriate structures. This work certainly is. There is security in the future will also be securely ensured,” he said.

Answering the question about the energy security of the Crimea, Novak noted that to speak about it only after the completion of construction of power plants in Simferopol and Sevastopol. “This is the work of the Crimean power system as a whole. Dates: the first phase of our plan is September 2017, the first 470 MW. And another 470 MW is March 2018,” he said.

Test mode

Megawatts, which will give the so called energy bridge, will be distributed throughout the Crimea. Infrastructure on the Peninsula is ready for this, said earlier in an interview with the head of the Republic Sergey Aksenov.

Concrete developments in Crimea started working in test mode on Wednesday morning, according to him, the Peninsula receives 100 MW, told journalists the Director of Fund of power development Sergey Pikin.

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“I can say the good news: early this morning, first of all, this line was energized and started testing the equipment. Actually now on this circuit is the flow capacity of about 100 MW. In the next few days, according to my estimates, another 100 MW should be added. Total to the end of the week for the first chain of the energy bridge to the Crimea will have an additional 200 MW,” he said.

Confirmed this information and the Chairman of the Commission on ecology and the environment of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation Sergey Chernin. “The Ministry of energy and energy now work 25 hours a day. I also heard today that the voltage supplied to the first part of the first line. That is about 100 MW. In the near future will be launched for 200 MW,” he said.

The situation in Crimea

The situation with energy supply of the Crimea should return to normal after the launch of the so-called energy bridge, which will run along the bottom of the Kerch Strait. According to forecasts of the Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak, first of all, this object must be commissioned before 20 December, possibly sooner.

The Peninsula was completely de-energized in the night of November 22, the result of blowing up of transmission towers coming from Ukraine. Now the power system of the Crimea works in stand-alone mode, used to save fan power. Internal generation allows to provide only half of the needs of the Peninsula.