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    Siemens turbines tested in Crimea

    (Reuters) - Russia's energy ministry said it had conducted the first test of a German-made electricity turbine that was installed in Crimea in contravention of European sanctions.

    Russian annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and since then has been subject to sanctions that, among other things, bar European Union companies from supplying energy infrastructure to the region.

    But Russia sent four turbines built by the German engineering company Siemens to Crimea - without its knowledge, Siemens said. The shipments angered Berlin and led Brussels to impose new sanctions on Russians involved in the deliveries.

    Without help from Siemens or engineers affiliated with Siemens, it would be hard to activate the turbines and the software used to run them, several power generation specialists told Reuters.

    The testing indicated, though, that Russia is getting closer to being able to commission the turbines and to start using them to generate electricity for Crimea.

    The region has suffered occasional blackouts since the annexation, when it was cut off from the Ukrainian grid that had supplied much of its electricity.

    In a statement, the Russian energy ministry said one of the two power-generating blocks at a new power station in the Crimean city of Simferopol had been put through a successful test run.

    Russia is working to complete a second power station, in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, where Siemens turbines were installed. Siemens said that also happened without its consent.

    The Russian government said earlier this month it expected the first blocks at both Simferopol and Sevastopol to begin operation in September and the second blocks in November.

    That was later than previously forecast by the government.
    Russia test-fires sanctions-busting Crimea turbine

    I have read online talk by locals living near the Simferopol powerplant, on social media. Apparently, the noise from these things is insane, like huge jet engines. Everyone's hoping it'll be quieter when they get em going in regular regime...
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    Crimea's getting electricity?

    Well, it's 2018, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

    Who's next?

    N Korea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Crimea's getting electricity?

    Well, it's 2018, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

    Who's next?

    N Korea?
    They have electricity, wiseass lol

    The Russians built an "energy bridge" in 2015, laid cables across Kerch Straight, from the mainland, to supply them


    That's after Ukrainian radicals blew up pylons on THEIR mainland, to disrupt Ukrainian energy supply to now Russian Crimea, leaving them literally in the dark for months

    Let's just say Crimeans only began to like the Ukrainians even less after that one, obviously...

    The energy bridge rescued them, but it's not as reliable as hoped, has occasional glitches and such, knocking out power to whole neighborhoods and towns in Crimea. The new power plants will be a more permanent solution.

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    People who have never lived in third world hole countries take running water and reliable electricity for granted.

    Lots of countries have em, but they aren't reliable.

    Good for Crimea for upgrading...

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    You'd think they could have gotten a cheaper Chinese clone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    You'd think they could have gotten a cheaper Chinese clone.
    German quality is hard to beat.

    Might be worth the money...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    You'd think they could have gotten a cheaper Chinese clone.
    Hey! Crimeans get the best and ONLY the best! These are people who'd just made it home after 23 years stuck in bloody Ukraine

    What kind of a heartless bastard would then give them cheap Chinese junk that would break down in a year?! lol

    The Chinese WERE involved there though, they supplied those big cable laying ships for the energy bridge

    Crimea also has become more popular with Chinese tourists lately


    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    German quality is hard to beat.

    Might be worth the money...
    And the sanctions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Hey! Crimeans get the best and ONLY the best! These are people who'd just made it home after 23 years stuck in bloody Ukraine

    What kind of a heartless bastard would then give them cheap Chinese junk that would break down in a year?! lol

    The Chinese WERE involved there though, they supplied those big cable laying ships for the energy bridge

    Crimea also has become more popular with Chinese tourists lately




    And the sanctions...
    Sanctions, smanctions...

    N Korea cheats, China cheats, why wouldn't Russia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Sanctions, smanctions...

    N Korea cheats, China cheats, why wouldn't Russia?
    Exactly

    International law is only for those too small, weak, and poor to do their own thing... That's an unfortunate fact, today.

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