26 Jun 2023 13:38

There is no shortage of petroleum products in Russia; output of electricity, oil, gas, coal going according to schedule - Novak

MOSCOW. June 26 (Interfax) - Russia's fuel and energy complex functioned as usual this past weekend, and there were not any technological disruptions that substantially affected supplies of energy resources to consumers, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said during a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Novak said that there was an increase in demand for filling stations in a number of southern regions, but all supplies were secured. Prices are also stable, and the situation is being monitored, Novak noted.

Novak also said that the output of electricity, oil, gas, and coal, as well as the production of petroleum products, are going according to schedule.

"There were no major technological incidents that could have significantly affected the fuel and energy complex's operations. No accidents were recorded in the Rostov, Tula and Lipetsk regions. In the Voronezh region, four technological incidents were recorded in the power industry, which resulted in a power outage to 1,800 people; this was restored during the day, and consumers received power. Also in the Voronezh region there was one technological incident in the oil industry - this was a fire at the Federal Reserve's Krasnoye Znamya plant, which was extinguished within 24 hours and which did not in any way affect energy and fuel supply," Novak said.

"All demand for oil products is being met in full. There was an increase in demand at filling stations in the southern regions, especially in the Rostov region, but filling stations were fully stocked with all oil products, there were no supply disruptions. Prices are also stable. We will continue monitoring and working on this. Oil product inventory exceeds 15 days, which corresponds to the multi-year average for this period," Novak also said.

He said power generation and production of oil, gas, coal and petroleum products were "on target."

"Measures were taken to strengthen the anti-terrorist protection of fuel and energy installations, access to them was tightened and personnel worked round the clock. Interaction was also organized with response teams, as well fuel and energy organization headquarters via the Energy Ministry and with people authorized to resolve these security issues. Particular attention was paid to strengthening the security of critical information infrastructure," Novak said.

"Everything went as normal," Novak said. "The fuel and energy complex continues to work, we are getting ready for the autumn-winter period, the necessary reserves are being built up and the necessary repairs are being carried out," he said.