The backup power line from Russia to South Ossetia is planned to be put into operation in October

Sun, 23/05/2021 - 11:58

A backup power line from Russia to South Ossetia through the Ruck tunnel is scheduled to be put into operation in October. This was reported to journalists by the President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov.

Electricity from the Russian Federation is currently supplied to South Ossetia through the only transmission line "North Portal - Dzau" with a length of 39 kilometers. On the eve, the progress of work on the backup power line through the Ruck tunnel was inspected by Prime Minister of South Ossetia Gennady Bekoev and Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Sergei Nazarov.

At the site of the work, they talked with the workers and got acquainted with the plan for further construction work.

"We are planning to connect the backup power line, which we have been talking about since 2012 or 2013, for October this year. This is the most serious measure that needs to be done. The highest priority today is to ensure the Republic's electrical safety," Anatoly Bibilov said.

Earlier, Alan Gabaraev, General Director of the "Energoresurs - South Ossetia" State Unitary Enterprise, reported that the issue of building a backup power line had been worked out for several years together with the South Ossetian and Russian specialists. Of the six projects prepared, Gabaraev specified, the South Ossetian side considered the most acceptable option, which implies a line through the Ruck tunnel.

The construction of the reserve line is carried out within the framework of the Investment Program to Promote Socio- Economic Development of the Republic of South Ossetia. The estimated cost of the facility is 760 million rubles.

South Ossetia is receiving Russian electricity from neighboring North Ossetia through the Ruck Pass. This is the only source of electricity for the Republic. Several times a year, the population of South Ossetia is left without electricity due to preventive maintenance works, as well as due to accidents on power lines, which are caused by bad weather conditions in the Ossetian mountains.

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