Power cut at Kharkov aircraft factory
Today, on February 26, Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Company was unplugged from the grid due to the debts, informs the plant. Yesterday there was a brief preventive cut-off, and today the electricity was cut for more than two hours.
As the plant management notes, power outages happened before. At the time, after repayment of the debt the power supply was resumed, so this will be the case this time as well. The workers will compensate the downtime by working on weekends. All orders will be completed on time.
As head of the local trade union Mikhail Pogorelov explained, there are troubles with electricity supply and they are being solved. “But the electricity wasn’t cut off completely. I have been in several workshops today, they are working,” said the head of the union.
In early 2014, the plant scheduled shipping of An-140-100 aircraft to a customer in one of the CIS countries. Other orders are being completed, too. The plant employs over 4,000 personnel manufacturing planes AN-140, AN-74 and HAZ-30. By January 30, 2014, the plant owed to power companies UAH 4.8 million in electricity bills.