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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Power to Be Cut Further in East

Government authorities have ordered power plants in the Far East to stop using winter coal reserves that the stations have dipped into during a 10-day-old miners' strike, Russian news agencies reported Tuesday.

The Primorskaya power plant used up more than a fifth of its winter supplies last week alone, burning 50,000 tons of the 240,000 tons of coal that had been stockpiled for colder months, officials said.

Plant output will be cut back by more than 80 percent Wednesday as a result of the ban, according to Interfax.

The strike began Sept. 14 when coal miners in the Primorsky region refused to work until they are fully paid back wages that date to last April. The protest has broadened to include power system repair workers.