Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation claimed that the first test of the Siemens turbine was carried out in the illegally occupied Crimea. The turbine was installed in violation of European sanctions, Reuters reports.
Despite the sanctions, Russia has installed four turbines on the peninsula without the knowledge of Siemens.
The Russian Energy Ministry claimed one of the two power-generating blocks at a new power station in the Crimean city of Simferopol had been put through a successful test run.
Earlier, the specialists claimed it would be hard to activate the turbines and the software without the help of the Siemens's engineers. Russia is getting closer to the launch of the turbines and beginning of using them for electricity generation for the annexed Crimea.
The building process of the second power plant is completing on the territory of the peninsula near Sevastopol where the German turbines are being used.
Reportedly, a scandal erupted over the gas turbines supply of the German concern Siemens to the annexed Crimea in contravention of the European Union sanctions. Siemens claimed that at least two gas turbines meant for a project in Russia were delivered to the territory of the occupied Crimea without their consent.
First, the Russian Federation was denying the fact of delivery. Later the subsidiary of the Russian corporation which bought the gas turbines confirmed the fact of delivery to Crimea after modernization.
The EU imposed sanctions against the Russian partners of Siemens and Andriy Cherezov, the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation. Later, Siemens delivery supervisors were included to the US sanctions list.