from Tass, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: This quickly built Russian gas line is proof that Crimeans voted themselves a future when they rejected being a part of the coup in Kiev, where we are now starting to get legal determinations that were exactly what it was.
Because the idiot radicals were allowed to run free to terrorize the Donbass ethnic Russians, which included blowing up the power lines exporting Ukrainian power, Kiev can kiss that revenue away forever, what had been 75% of Crimean’s needs, showing that shooting one’s economic foot off has become the national sport.
Moscow took a long-term look at Crimea with its key naval base, not only for the Black Sea but also for the Mediterranean, to make sure it had a new totally dependable power infrastructure using Russia’s plentiful gas reserves. The gas will feed two new electric plants to provide all the domestic power the country needs.
It will also be environmentally friendly for the growing tourist trade that is shifting away from Ukraine, with all of its fratricidal activities going on.
This news comes as the New York Times is reporting that former Ukraine president Yanukovych’s not taking the poor EU bid for the association, (since it had none of the major financial benefits needed, which the Russian association did), was a sensible path at the time.
His goal was to get as much as he could from the West while maintaining his desperately needed Russian subsidies. One of those had already been Russia’s paying ten years in advance for its Crimea naval base. The poor, hardpressed Ukrainians are worse off now than before the Western “improvements” began, as hard an example of hopeless leadership that you can find… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … December 28, 2016 –
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin officially initiated gas supplies to Crimea from continental Russia on Tuesday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
The launch of the pipeline from the Krasnodar region to Crimea will ensure steady gas delivery for all types of consumers on the peninsula. Putin participated in the ceremony via videoconference.
“This is one more important solution for Crimea’s development from the long-term perspective. I mean the delivery of Russian pipeline gas to the Crimean peninsula will make it possible to form an absolutely new situation in terms of developing the whole economic package, the development of the social sector of Crimea and Sevastopol,” Putin said at the ceremony.
The Russian leader congratulated all of the peninsula’s residents and everyone who took part in the construction of the pipeline at this event.
Putin called today’s event an important step in the right direction for the peninsula’s development.
The president added that as part of the gas delivery project, two electric power plants each with a capacity of 470 megawatts will be built in Crimea in 2017-2018. This will fully meet the peninsula’s electricity demands.
Also, according to President Putin, within four years 70 km of main lines and 2,500 km of inter-settlement lines, and 8 gas pumping stations will be built or upgraded.
Putin pointed out the need to develop Crimea’s infrastructure according to schedule. “Together with regional, municipal authorities, and federal agencies we will do our best to deliver gas to the final consumer as soon as possible,” Putin said.
Head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov, Acting Governor of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov, and CEO of Chernomorneftegaz Igor Shabanov also took part in the ceremony via videoconference.
The pipeline’s total length is 358.7 km, including two lines crossing over Lake Tuzla and the Kerch Strait, as well as a gas pipeline branch to Simferopol which is 27.3 km long.
Putin announced the completion of work on linking up the Crimean gas transportation infrastructure at his annual news conference on December 23.
He noted that at the peak of the energy load in winter, Crimea consumes 1,200-1,300 megawatts of electricity. Earlier, electricity supplied from Ukraine provided 800 megawatts of this volume.
Currently, the peninsula’s own electrical generation is 1,000-1,100 megawatts, and with mobile power plants, it has reached 1,300 megawatts.
According to Putin, the two power plants with a capacity amounting to 470 megawatts each will be constructed after the launch of Russian gas supplies to the region. As a result, Crimea’s total energy supply will be around 2,000 megawatts.