Russia ready to divert power to Japan: minister

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Russia is ready to divert some 6,000 MW of electricity from its Far East to help Japan deal with the power shortfall from the earthquake disaster, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said Monday.

"We are preparing a proposal for providing our partners with support," news agencies quoted Sechin as telling President Dmitry Medvedev during a Kremlin meeting.

"In the nearest future, we could redirect around 6,000 megawatts for delivery to Japan," Russia's top energy official said.

Earlier reports said the power shipments could be diverted to Japan through an existing undersea cable.

Sechin said that Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom was also preparing to send a combined total of 200,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas to Japan in April and May.

© 2011 AFP

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