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Crimea Ready to Launch 'Energy Bridge' to Russia After Blackout

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Energy supply situation in Crimea - Sputnik International
Crimean electricity authorities are on standby to connect the Black Sea peninsula to Russia’s power grid, the Crimean state-run energy company said Sunday.

SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — Crimea was plunged into darkness last week after Ukrainian nationalists blew up pylons that support electricity lines from Ukraine. Kiev claims that "activists" have been obstructing repair works.

"Yesterday we concluded preparations that will allow the Crimean side to take in electricity [from southern Russia's Krasnodar region] via an energy bridge," chief controller Andrei Anokhin of Crimea’s state-run Krymenergo company told Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

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Anokhin added this was the first time in the history of the Crimean electricity grid that it had to be reconfigured from scratch and made self-sufficient.

Novak arrived in Crimea’s capital Simferopol early Sunday to visit the head office of Krymenergo, which controls the regional power grid.

Following the outage, Crimea declared a state of emergency and switched to locally-based emergency power generation.

Earlier this week, Novak said that Moscow could respond to the Crimea blackout by halting coal deliveries to Ukraine.

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