NOVO-OGAREVO, January 9 (R-Sport) - Workers in Sochi are still building the city’s new power grid with less than a month until it hosts the Winter Olympics, Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Thursday.
Generators and other facilities are in place but the grid, with a web of 900 kilometers of power cable and 500 substations, is unlikely to come online until January 25, just 13 days before the opening ceremony.
“We’re planning to finish all the work by January 20 and to get permission to move the grid into use by January 25,” Novak said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
Of 49 major energy projects for the Sochi Olympics, the grid is “the only facility that’s still being worked on,” Novak added.
Construction of facilities for the Sochi Olympics has been largely smooth, avoiding the last-minute rush that brought notoriety to some Olympic Games of the past, such as Athens 2004.
The Games run from February 7 through 23, with the first events starting February 6.
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