Disruption of the electricity supplies to Crimea under the agreement with Russia occurred due to force majeure, therefore, there are no grounds for penalties against Ukraine there, said deputy general director of NPC Ukrenergo Yuri Kasich at a briefing, Joinfo.ua reports
“This is actually a force majeure, so tomorrow NPC Ukrenergo will make the appropriate statement as a technical contractor on this side of the contract force majeure”, – he said.
According to Kasich, the maintenance crews conducted the grounding of the damaged towers, but couldn’t start the restoring because of the activists, blocking the pillars.
In 2014 the Russian Federation and Ukraine signed two contracts for the supply of electricity from Russia to Ukraine and from Ukraine to Crimea. Both agreements are valid until the end of 2015.
It should be recalled that on November 20, in Kherson region, two concrete supporting pillars for high-voltage electric lines were destroyed and two more damaged as a result of the explosion, probably of anti-tank mines.
Earlier today the energy Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn said that the repair crews shall make every effort to restore the safe operation of the Ukrainian energy system and energy supply.
He also said that, beside Crimea, they were forced to stop the supply of electricity to two districts of Kherson region too.
“Also, there was a danger of supply reduction to 40% of Kherson and Mykolaiv regions”, – said in a statement.
In Crimea people try to store as much as possible of fuel and candles. Many stores are closed, long queues are at the working ATMs.
The authorities declared the emergency state. Hospitals and other social institutions work on the individual energy sources.
Crimean authorities said that they have the fuel stocks for 20 days. But people have their own generators, so they are buying up large volumes of fuel.