Moscow, 6 December 2005. OAO "Khabarovskenergo" is doing its best to prepare the energy system's power plants and heating networks for work in an emergency situation* and ensure reliable heating supply to the city of Khabarovsk.
All units of OAO "Khabarovskenergo" are in a state of increased readiness. A set of measures is being carried out at the city's combined heat and power plants and heating networks to prepare for possible emergency.
If the Emergencies Commission of the Khabarovsk Kray decides to discontinue water supply due to contamination of the Amur River, OAO "Khabarovskenergo" will remain the only enterprise supplying water fed into the heating networks. If a worst-case scenario develops, and the city's water collection points suspend operation, the energy company will use its best efforts to maintain heating supply to the region's population as usual. But for the sake of people's safety, hot water supply will be suspended.
The energy company has prepared action plans for the power plants and heating networks without taking water from the shore pumping stations and Gorvodokanal, the city's water supplier. The power plants have checked the separation of various systems so as to isolate the water supply to the heating networks and prevent the hazardous chemicals from penetrating into the heating networks, thus guaranteeing safety for the population. Stop valves have been inspected. The energy company has accumulated water needed for boilers in order to protect the equipment at its CHPPs.
An emergency response centre is working round-the-clock at OAO "Khabarovskenergo". The centre is headed by the Company's Director General Valery Levit.
The energy company is interacting with RAO "UES of Russia" through the RAO UES Chief Technical Inspector Victor Pauli. Technical experts of RAO "UES of Russia" and Russia's leading energy scientific research institutes are giving consultations and advice to Khabarovskenergo's staff.
* On 13 November, as a result of an accident at a chemical plant in China, there was a spill of benzene, and phenol and other toxins into the Sungari (Songhua) River. The Khabarovsk Kray Emergencies Commission forecasts that the hazardous spill may reach the city of Khabarovsk on 10-12 December.