The first blocks of thermal power plants in Crimea will launch in early 2018, regardless of the possible opinion of turbines

MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. The first blocks of thermal power plants in Crimea will be launched in the first quarter of 2018, regardless of the possible opinion of turbines, told reporters Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak.

“The project will be in any case implemented, as we need the construction of a generation. Companies implement those technical solutions that were adopted. The first blocks in the first quarter of 2018 will be launched,” – said the Minister, answering a question on the impact of information on the possible use of turbines Siemens in the Crimea and its impact on the construction time.

Thermal power plant in Crimea

The construction of two thermal power plants at 470 MW (in Simferopol and Sevastopol) planned by the Federal target program “Socially-economic development of the Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol until 2020”, which provides for energy development of the Peninsula 49 billion rubles. TES builds the company “Tekhnopromexport”, part of state Corporation rostec.

For uninterrupted supply of electricity to consumers and businesses Crimea need to 1350 MW, and by 2021 this figure, according to the forecast of the authorities of the Crimea will be doubled. Now own generation gives about 400 MW.

The commissioning of the first units of the plant to 470 MW is planned in September 2017. In 2018, when the facilities running at full capacity, it will be added 470 MW. The head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov did not exclude that from-for delays in the supply of turbines, the construction of the stations will be completed in mid-2018, although the completion is scheduled for the end of 2017.

In these thermal power plants was planned to put the turbines, made by Siemens, but at the end of 2016 the company blocked shipments due to sanctions. In February of this year, Chemezov said that the Corporation completes negotiations with Iran on the supply of turbines, but to negotiate the parties and could not.

However, reported by Reuters with reference to sources in the Crimea was supplied turbines manufactured by Siemens in circumvention of EU sanctions. In the Russian office of Siemens delivery denied, and rostec in turn, said that “Technopromexport” is not bought turbine for the Crimean stations directly from the company and purchased four sets of gas turbines in the secondary market.

Siemens suggested that the turbines of its production destined for the Russian customers could be delivered to Crimea in violation of the terms of the contract.