How to provide energy security for Crimea and Sevastopol?

25 april 2014

During the roundtable on “Energy security for Crimea and Sevastopol” that was held at the Analytical Center, experts discussed current issues regarding energy security of region and tried to find the of optimal energy supply model for the Crimean federal district for a short-term period or a long-term perspective.

Experts discussed the economic feasibility of achieving Crimean federal district independence from imports of energy supplies and resources, selection criteria of electrical power and gas supply circuits for Crimea and their deadlines, possibilities to cover the region hydrocarbon needs with its own exploitation and imports, as well as the capacity of using renewable energy sources on the peninsula.

The Head of the Directorate for Strategic Studies in Energy at the Analytical Center Alexander Kurdin noticed that significant obligations had arisen for Russia in regard with the Crimean strategic energy development, with supplying it with energy, oil and gas.

The Head of the Department for operational control and management in electricity of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexey Pulyaev pointed out that on the 23th April the Ministry had approved the energy supply action plan for Crimea and commented the reasons of choosing it out of other different external power supply circuits for the region drafted by the Russian Ministry of Energy. Although operational decisions were made by the Ministry within the required timeframe, strategic plans for development of energy complex of Crimea are still being formed. The expert’s opinion will be considered upon their finalization.

Participants called for forced development of detailed plans for implemention of the decisions of the Russian Ministry of Energy, so that by the year 2015 energy supplying risks for the region would be eliminated.

During the roundtable, experts and representatives of companies repeatedly drew attention to the perspectives of a wide use of high tech energy technologies in Crimea, including active use of renewable energy and energy conservation for buildings. Favorable climate conditions and geographical position of the new Russian region offer the opportunity to create there a progressive energy system.