Media: Crimea began receiving gas from Russia’s Krasnodar Krai

Russia has begun delivery of gas from Krasnodar Krai to the annexed Crimea through a new pipeline but currently only in the commissioning stages, as was reported by a member of the State Duma Committee on Energy, former first Vice-Premier of the Crimean government controlled by the Kremlin, Mikhail Sheremet.

"The gas is in the system already. Starting-up and adjustment works are being conducted, within the framework of which the gas is supplied from the mainland of the Russian Federation. There is enough gas and the pressure is sufficient, so I think that Stroygazmontazh will complete commissioning and set the pipeline to normal operation in the nearest future,” Sheremet said, RIA Novosti reported.

On December 27, the connection of the peninsular gas transportation system to its neighboring Russia was completed in the Crimea, looping the Crimean system with the Russian system.

The construction of the Kuban-Crimea main gas pipeline was completed ahead of schedule. The total length of the onshore section of the 720mm-diameter pipeline is 341 km, of which 16 km are laid on the bottom of the Kerch Strait. The gas pipeline ensures the pumping of 2.1 billion cubic meters of gas, with the potential to go up to 4 billion cubic meters annually with increased pressure.

  Russia, Crimea