The deadline for construction of a new sub-station in Luhansk region was moved from December 2018 to May 2020. This is because the Ukrainian government suspended the approval of documentation and land ownership for 17 months. The construction began in 2017. Volodymyr Kudrytsky, the operative director of Ukrenergo company said so at a press conference.
Specifically, Kreminska sub-station (not far from Kreminna, Luhansk region) and two powerlines (Donbaska-Donska, 500 kWs, and Kreminska-Yubileyna, 220 kWs) will let the energy-saving system of northern Donbas be synchronized with that of Ukraine and increase the reliability of power supply mechanism in Luhansk region.
Currently, Luhanska thermal power plant is the one that supplies local residents with electricity. Due to the fact that Russia blocked coal supplies across the railway, it was transferred from coal use to gas use. This, in turn, led to a significant rise in the price of the produced electricity. Besides, Luhansk thermal power plant constantly faces a threat of going under attack, as it is located close to the combat area in Donbas.
According to Kudrytsky, Ukrenergo and Luhansk civil and military administration repeatedly turned to the Cabinet, asking to speed up the process of approval of the licensing documentation. However, the draft document was received only in June 2019. This is why the construction deadline was shifted.
Ukrenergo says that the construction works are underway and going on as fast as possible. The overall price of these works is assessed at about 50 million U.S. dollars.