Russia to supply electricity to occupied Donbas for another year, - mass media

Source : 112 Ukraine

The payment for the electricity will be distributed among the Russian consumers
12:43, 13 June 2018

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The Energy Ministry of Russia will prolong the “humanitarian supplies” of the electricity to the occupied territories of Luhansk regions for one year as Kommersant reported.

According to the title, today, on June 13, the meeting of the Supervisory Board of ‘Sovet Rynka’ association will take place in absentia. The decision on the extension of the supply of the electricity from Russia to Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) for one more year will be made during it.

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According to the existing mechanism, the total volumes of the electricity re-directed to LPR are written off as the normative losses of the Federal network company and distributed among all Russian consumers, despite the population and increase the final cost for them by 0,1%. The total price of the electricity supplied to the occupied territories is $39,650 million annually.

The work of this scheme will be prolonged until September 30, 2019.

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Russian electricity supplied to occupied Donbas through three transmission lines: Pobeda – Shakhty (500 kV overhead lines), Yuzhaya – Rostovskaia (330 kV overhead lines), Amvrosievka – T-15 (220 kV overhead lines). Their voltage is non-permanent and depends on the time of a day and it is impossible to correctly assess “the volume of the overflows”.

“In 2017, the actual losses of the Federal network company made 4, 4% of the supplies’ volumes or 24, 3 billion of kW while the norm is 4, 34%. Director of Energy Development Fund Sergey Pikin said that the maximal capacity of the overflow to LPR can become 500 MWt – not more than 2, 5 billion kW per year. In 2017 the consumers paid 22, 5 billion kW per hour of losses to the Federal network company amid this the growth of the tariff for the payment of the LPR debts will not be really notable,” the title said.

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Ukraine stopped to supply electricity to occupied Donbas in April 2017. “Luhansk blackout” was connected to the fact that the LPR representatives did not pay for these supplies. The debt reached $202, 460 million.

The same day Moscow claimed it will provide occupied Donbas with electricity called the cut off “deliberate, politically motivated step that contradicts the Minsk Agreements” and accused Kyiv of unwillingness “to accept the citizens of Donbas as equal citizens of Ukraine.”


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