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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

100, 000 Muscovites Lose Heat for 17 Hours

Residents of 100 apartment buildings in southwestern Moscow were without heat for 17 hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to an official of Mosenergo, the Moscow city office in charge of utilities.

Georgy Neimen, deputy chief engineer of Mosenergo, said Wednesday, "Because of defects in a pipeline, we had to switch off the heating supply to 100 apartment buildings on Kakhovskaya Ulitsa at 2 P. M. on Tuesday". He said the heat was restored at 7 A. M.

The cutoff affected more than 100, 000 people.

He said such problems occur regularly because of leaks of hot water in the antiquated heating network.

"Practically, every day we have to eliminate minor defects in the heating pipelines in Moscow", he said. "On average we have three big breaks in the heating system during the winter".

There are 25 heating and electric power stations and 50 smaller district heating stations in Moscow, pumping out warmth to Moscow over a 6, 000-kilometer-long network of pipelines.

Ten of the large stations were built 30 or more years ago and two came into service before the 1917 Revolution.

Neimen said 400 kilometers of the pipelines were in a very poor condition and needed urgent repairs.

"They have not been repaired for 25 years and they are being eaten away by rust", he said.