MOSCOW, April 12 Russia is struggling to source
gas turbines for two new power plants it is building in Crimea,
Russian Energy Ministry Alexander Novak said on Wednesday.
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.
Novak later told reporters Russia was considering various
options, including sourcing equipment from other countries,
using Russian machinery, or using foreign equipment on Russian
territory that was imported before sanctions were introduced.
The two new power plants were due to be commissioned at the
end of 2017, but Novak said last month their launch had been
delayed by a few months.
(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing
by Andrew Osborn)