"In 2016, I think they will be still having problems throughout the year," he said.
The minister noted that Ukraine did not supply energy in Crimea as Russia was not ready to sign the supply contract on the terms proposed by Ukraine.
According to him, the situation with power supply in Crimea is currently stable: the power bridge is operating, and Russia has delivered about 13 powerful oil-fired generators in Crimea, which have previously been used at the Olympic Games in Sochi (Russian Federation). The existing production assets were also improved, in particular, the old combined heat and power plants were reconstructed.
Demchyshyn also added that the problem of power supply in Crimea was that the power transmission lines connecting the Kerch peninsula and Feodosia (with total length of about 100 km) had the capacity of 220 MW, which was insufficient to transmit the necessary amounts of energy.
The minister believes that the reconstruction of the mentioned line will take at least six months, excluding the time required for acquisition of land for the new lines.
It was reported earlier that Ukraine had completely ceased supplying energy to Crimea in 2016.