According to the media, Russia could stop deliveries of coal to Ukraine after Ukrainian activists in terms of "energy blockade" of the Crimea blew up power transmission towers, cutting off electricity to the Peninsula.
Officially the information is not found your own evidence, however, observers inform that railway trains loaded with fuel can not pass the customs control at the Russian-Ukrainian border.
After the explosion of the Ukrainian activists of transmission towers, which in the Crimea was in Ukraine purchased electricity, Russia could decide on the suspension of supplies of coal to Ukraine, warned the Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak. The government reported that similar directives yet, but this option worked. In a press-service of Federal customs service noted that no information was available on this issue, and the Railways have stated, in fact no restrictions of deliveries to Ukraine no.
And yet, have any evidence that the restriction has already been introduced, and energy prices in the country do not. "And energy, and coking coal to the Ukrainian consumer does not pass the customs", - quotes "Kommersant" representative of one of the coal companies. 1 operator has approved this information, adding that the transit of coal through the Ukrainian countryside as usual.
Another adept of the coal industry warned against hasty conclusions - to associate a statement by Novak and complexity of exporting, in his opinion, premature. Delays can be attributed to simple bureaucracy, as a formal procedure with both sides of the border in General have become more complicated.
The adept of the Ministry of energy of Ukraine said that there is in the country's stock of coal - 2 million tons - the country will last less than a month. The main energy supplies are coming from the countryside, which the Ukrainian army did not control. Director of energy development Fund Sergey Pikin said that threats by limiting exports from Russia may come to naught if Kiev is revolutionizing power lines in the Crimea. Professionals have already started work on the restoration of one of the 4 pillars are undermined, however resumption of deliveries is not guaranteed.
Experts remind that after the start of hostilities in the Donbass Ukraine has become more dependent on imports of coal, including from Russia - half of coal-fired generation operates in the anthracites and lean coals, and on the ground, which is controlled by Kyiv, are produced only gas brand. According to the words of the leaders of the Ministry of energy of Ukraine Vladimir Demchishin, the power expects to buy in Russia 200 thousand tons of coal a month, and still buy in South Africa 500 tons.
Remember, on the night of 22 November, the region was completely disconnected as a result of erosion in the South of Ukraine supports the transmission line at which energy is received in the region. The deliveries have been suspended from the integrated grid of Ukraine for the Crimean outlet on interstate line VL-330 kV "Melitopol-Dzhankoy and Kakhovka-Ostrovskaya".
On the Peninsula entered a state of emergency prior to the full resumption of power supply. Major infrastructure and social facilities of Crimea after a stop of energy supply from Ukraine were connected to emergency power sources, even diesel generators.
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