Kyiv: Crimean authorities conceal the accident with Siemens gas turbines

Crimean authorities hide the accident with Siemens gas turbines, which were brought to the territory of Crimea bypassing international sanctions, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of the temporarily occupied territories.

According to the Ministry, the destruction signs to one of the industrial premises of Balaklavskaya Thermal Power Plant (TPP), which is being built near Sevastopol, were noticed in August. "The roof section of about 10x20 meters was burned out. This was evident by the appearance of the destroyed roof as well as a specific smoke,” says the report. The Siemens gas turbines, which were imported by bypassing international sanctions, are installed in this builing.

"It was this accident that caused the delay, for the third time, of the TPP launch, as well as the power supply shortages in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea," said the ministry.

The report says that according to available information, the accident was caused by the violation of engineering and construction standards by the TPP personnel. Siemens did not provide its own specialists for installing and launching the new equipment.

“The construction of a thermal power plant is carried out by the subsidiary of Russian state corporation Rostec, Technopromexport, which is under Ukrainian and international sanctions,” said the Ministry.

The Ministry notes that the latest data on the installations operation was recorded by technical means this fall. In particular, the activity of the floating  drilling rig Sivash  was recorded on September 22, the Tavrida on September 29, and Peter Godovanets (renamed by the Russian authorities as MODU Crimea 2) on October 2.

The scandal regarding the supply of Siemens turbines to the Crimea broke in June. The German company accuses Technopromexport of supplying four gas turbines to the peninsula, bypassing EU sanctions.

Technopromexport is building two TPPs in the annexed Crimea using illegally imported Siemens gas turbines.

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