21 Jul 2010 15:36

Crisis center to deal with hydropower plant bombing set up within Energy Ministry

MOSCOW. July 21 (Interfax) - A crisis center has been set up within the Russian Energy Ministry to deal with the aftermath of a deadly gun and bomb attack on the Baksan hydropower plant in the Kabardino-Balkaria region, the ministry said.

The center will be led by Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Shishkin and will include officials from the Energy Ministry and its situational and analysis center and specialists from RusHydro (the plant's owner), the Interregional Distribution Grid Company and the UES Federal Grid Company, which manage electrical grids in Russia, and the UES System Operator.

In addition to focusing on drawing up a plan for dealing with the attack's aftermath and restoring the plant, the center will also coordinate executive bodies and fuel and energy complex organizations and monitor the situation at the plant.

Unidentified gunmen attacked the plant on Wednesday morning. They killed two security guards and planted several explosions. Four bombs went off, and bomb disposal experts defused another. Two other people were also injured and have been hospitalized.