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Russia begins electricity supplies to Belarus

Feb 20, 2011 - BBC Monitoring - energycentral.com

Russia has begun electricity supplies to Belarus, a source in the electricity sector has told RIA Novosti.

"Russian electricity supplies to Belarus began at 0000 Moscow time today [2100 on 3 Feb], the power line has been switched on," the source said. [State-controlled electricity company] Inter RAO UES has confirmed this information but did not give any further details.

Earlier, speaking about a new contract for electricity exports from Russia to Belarus, an Inter RAO UES representative said that the contract would be signed after a sitting of the Belarusian commission on imports, "thus, immediately after that supplies at the price set in the contract will begin". [Passage omitted]

Source: RIA Novosti news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1242 gmt 5 Feb 11

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