Russia plans to start operating two new power stations in Crimea at full capacity on Monday, March 18th, Reuters has reported on Thursday March 14th.
Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. President Vladimir Putin is preparing to travel to the region on the fifth anniversary of its annexation later this month, sources said.
The launch of the Sevastopol and Simferopol power stations at full capacity, which follows a partial launch last year, will coincide with the possible visit, the five sources said.
Putin will attend the launch of the Sevastopol power station, the sources said.
The Russian company building the power stations, Technopromexport, has declined to comment. The Kremlin and the energy ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Russia began building the power stations in Crimea to provide electricity to the peninsula, but the facilities became embroiled in a row over sanctions. The German engineering firm, Siemens, said Russia clandestinely delivered several of its turbines to Crimea, despite European sanctions which ban the supply of energy technology to Crimea.
Meanwhile, Russia's energy ministry said the turbines were not from Siemens. It said they were modernised turbines that were the work of Russian specialists and were Russian equipment.