MOSCOW, 7 Sep — PRIME. The Chornomorneftegaz enterprise is ready to continue supplying Crimea with gas, despite the shutdown of three drilling platforms after the attack by Ukrainian troops. This was stated by the head of the republic Sergei Aksenov.
On June 20, Ukrainian troops attacked three Chernomorneftegaz drilling platforms installed at the Odessa field in the Black Sea. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, as a result of the attack, a strong fire started on one of the platforms, and a threat of an ecological disaster was created. In July, Chernomorneftegaz reported that the Crimean peninsula was provided with gas.
“In connection with the attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, work was stopped on three platforms of Chornomorneftegaz. Nevertheless, Chornomorneftegaz is fully prepared to provide the population of the Republic of Crimea with natural gas,” he wrote in the Telegram messenger, adding that the heating season in Crimea will take place as usual residents are not at risk.
According to him, the cost of gas for Crimeans has been agreed with the government and will remain at the same level for two years. The necessary funds for compensation to Chornomorneftegaz have been allocated on behalf of the President of the country.
“Currently, Crimean storage facilities contain 1 billion 308 million cubic meters of gas – 98% of the volume, filling will be completed by September 13,” Aksyonov stressed, pointing out that wages to the company’s employees will be paid in full.
“From January 1, I’m sure we will start working as usual,” the head of the Crimea said.