Head Of Russia's Ues Prepares Maritime Territory For Winter

The extreme situation in the Maritime Territory, Russia's Far East, when tens of thousands of people were left without heat and light last winter, must not repeat. But it will take a lot of time for the Maritime territory to recover, chairman of the board of Russia's UES Anatoly Chubais stated on Tuesday at a conference of the workers of the energy sector in Vladivostok (the centre of the Maritime Territory). He noted that he had taken under his personal control the preparation of the Maritime power enterprises forming part of Russia's UES structure for winter. The situation in the Vostok (East) unified energy system and the plan aiming at repairing and modernizing the power plants' equipment and accumulating fuel reserves for next winter were also analysed in detail at the conference. Speaking about the prospects of the energy sector of the Russian Far East, Chubais stressed that many problems can be resolved after the Bureiskaya hydroelectric station is put into operation in the summer of 2003. He noted that Russia's UES has been actively investing money to complete this important construction project. Russia's UES pins serious hopes on the construction of the Sakhalin - Khabarovsk Territory - Maritime Territory gas pipeline, and on switching a number of power plants over to ecologically clean and cheaper fuel, Anatoly Chubais said.

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