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Electricity cut-offs in Russian Far East

Vladivostok, Russia, July 15 (RFE/RL) -- Itar-Tass reports major electricity cut-offs today in Russia's Far Eastern Primorye region. Energy officials there say fuel shortages are threatening a complete energy blackout in the region.

The agency quotes officials of the Dalenergo company in Vladivostok as saying power to three quarters of the territory was switched off early this morning. Industries are on strictly rationed supplies.

Dalenergo's technical services chief Alexander Ius said that practically all remaining fuel oil reserves were used at the weekend to provide electricity to residential areas.

He said that if power plants in the region do not receive fuel by tomorrow, the whole of Primorye will be without electricity.

Massive electricity cut-offs began in the region five days ago. Even off-duty Pacific fleet units had their supplies cut-off.