Russia's industry competition office will test executives of energy and metals companies on their knowledge of safety procedures, starting with national power utility OAO Unified Energy System's Anatoly Chubais.
Konstantin Pulikovsky, head of Rostekhnadzor, which oversees ecological and technical issues for businesses, will test the executives personally, the regulator said on its Web site. He will start with Chubais, whose company struggled to resume power to 400,000 people in Sochi after winter storms caused blackouts in the resort city last month, Rostekhnadzor spokesman Yevgeny Anoshin said, Vedomosti reported today. „Technical competence will be evaluated in accordance with the person's title and responsibilities,” Rostekhnadzor said. Chemical, metals and oil companies will be checked by July. Russia's government is seeking to improve safety at power plants and manufacturing facilities, many of which still use Soviet-era equipment. A fire at OAO Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel's sheet rolling mill killed seven people in November. The mill was served with 23 complaints for safety violations in the months before the November 29 blaze. Rostekhnadzor is „more than welcome” to test Chubais or anyone else at Unified Energy, company spokeswoman Tatiana Melyaeva said by phone in Moscow today. „We have a strict internal selection process for management.” (Bloomberg)