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Russia says struggling to source gas turbines for Crimea

Staff Writer | April 13, 2017
Russia is struggling to source gas turbines for two new power plants it is building in Crimea, Russian Energy Ministry Alexander Novak said.
Alexander Novak
Energy   The Black Sea peninsula
European Union sanctions bar European individuals and companies from providing energy technology to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

The Black Sea peninsula has suffered electricity shortages since then.

Three sources told Reuters last year that turbines for the Crimean plants would be made by Siemens Gas Turbine Technologies LLC, a joint venture in which Siemens has a 65 percent share.

The German company categorically denied it intended to send turbines to Crimea.

The joint venture's factory is the only one in Russia capable of making turbines which will be compatible with the Crimean power plants.

"Work is continuing despite problems related to the delivery of equipment from a Western company.

"We are working on buying other equipment," Novak told the upper house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday. He did not name the Western company.


 

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