Authorities in Crimea are installing 900 diesel generators across the peninsula amid fears that Ukrainian authorities may cut off electricity supplies to the annexed region following Russian occupation.
Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said: “there may be some problems with electricity supplies for two or three days (if Ukraine cuts off electricity to Crimea), but we have all the sites ready, equipment is here and is being installed.”
The generators will require 300 to 500 tonnes of diesel fuel a day to ensure power to the whole peninsula.
The Russian Energy Ministry has called for continuous supply of electricity to the region. “We believe that the electricity supply arrangement that has existed since Soviet times should work in synchronised mode as we in fact do it with many countries,” said minister Alexander Novak. “For that reason, we reckon that the arrangement for electricity supplies should be preserved, based on contracts, on payment for the electricity supplied.”
Normal power distribution remains in place in Crimea at the moment.