Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the start gas supply in the Crimea from mainland Russia after the completion of the connection of the gas transportation system of the peninsula to the main pipelines of the Russian Federation.
Running the pipeline will ensure an uninterrupted supply of gas to all categories of consumers of the Crimea through the integration of the pipeline into the existing gas transportation system of the peninsula.
The ceremony of launching a videoconference with the Crimea took part in Moscow Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and acting Governor of Sevastopol, Dmitry Ovsyannikov, from Simferopol - the general director of State Unitary Enterprise "Chernomorneftegaz" Igor Shabanov.
The total length of the pipeline is 358,7 kilometers, including the twin crossing over Lake Tuzla and the Kerch Strait, as well as the gas lateral to Simferopol length 27,3 kilometers.
On completion of works on the accession of the Crimean gas transportation infrastructure, Putin announced at a big press conference 23 December. He noted that at the peak of energy loads in winter Crimea consumes 1,2-1,3 thousands of megawatts of electricity. Previously, 800 megawatt of them was provided by the supply of electricity from Ukraine. At present, its own generation is 1-1,1 thousand megawatts, and together with mobile power plants - 1,3 thousands of megawatts. After the gas supplies to the Crimea, the construction of two power plants with an output of 470 megawatt each will also begin on the peninsula. As a result, the Russian leader noted, the total generation in the Crimea will be about 2 thousand megawatts.