The implementation of the comprehensive plan of the Russian Federation for Crimea will accelerate due to the search for fresh water under the seabed of the Azov Sea, I told ABF "Economics today» Member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, senator from the Crimean region Sergey Tsekov.
Work continues in the water area of the Sea of Azov to search for fresh water reserves. Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin, during an inspection trip to Crimea and Sevastopol, clarified the approximate dates for the start of work, scheduled for July this year.
The first design and geological work began in March 2021 years under the bottom of the Sea of Azov, and in April, experts tried to drill exploratory wells in the water area of the reservoir, resulting in the conclusion, that it will be possible to pump water using oil and gas production technology.
"Crimean Baikal" under the Sea of Azov
Senator from the Crimean region Sergei Tsekov does not exclude, that under the Sea of Azov there really are large reserves, according to historical data, preserved from the times of the Soviet Union.
The expert noted, that scientists in the USSR estimated the reserves of fresh water in the sea area in 10 billion cubic meters, describing them as "Crimean Baikal", which is replenished from the underflow of the Don, Kuban, Kalmius, Milk and other rivers, flowing into the Sea of Azov.
With a positive outcome, local authorities, with the support of federal ones, will be able to install a system of pumping stations and pump up to two million cubic meters per day..
"About geological exploration, held during the Soviet era, this is not the first time we hear. Drilling of wells has now been organized in order to, to confirm or deny the results of exploration years ago.
Drilling of the wells, in particular, can be carried out from the territory of Crimea, and towards the Sea of Azov. As I understand, technologically it is quite possible ", - suggested the senator.
The government's attention to the probable reserves of water under the Sea of Azov drew Russian President Vladimir Putin during a speech at a large press conference in December 2020 of the year. Experts suggest, that there might be two sources: underflow of the Don River and aquifers of the peninsula.
“We already feel the results of drilling wells and expect the supply of fresh water in the required volumes for Simferopol. The city has already come out of the strict regime of resource supply, established two to three months ago. Today fresh water is supplied to houses for more than 16-17 hours a day ", - specified Tsekov.
Exploration in the waters of the Azov Sea, according to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea Yevgeny Kabanov, run by one of the leading companies in the country. According to preliminary information from Rosgeologia, from a renewable source can be pumped out more than 1,2 billion cubic meters of water without environmental impact.
Russia completes strategy to save Crimea
Pumping water from under the Azov Sea to the North Crimean Canal can be organized as soon as possible after confirming the volume of reserves. Authorities are considering using artificial canal channel in reverse mode to supply water to the east, to the center and north of the peninsula.
Senator from the Crimean region Sergey Tsekov explains, that heavy rainfall provided great support to the population of the peninsula, due to which it was possible to fill the storages. Comparing with the previous year, volumes turned out to be larger, but the authorities decided to accumulate reserves in natural reservoirs of Crimea.
“A year ago, there was great joy in Ukraine - they thought, that Crimea is allegedly dying of thirst. But, to the chagrin of all the joyous, the situation has improved significantly ", - summed up the senator.
Water supply, primarily Simferopol and the nearest settlements, according to Tsekov, comes from underground sources, which allows you to stabilize the situation. The peninsula is expected to have heavy rainfall in the spring and summer, which will also accelerate the solution of the problem of a stable supply of water to the peninsula.