Ukraine ceased to supply coal from the territory of the occupied Donbas. The need for energy grades of coal for Ukrainian power plants offset by the supply of raw materials from other countries. This was announced by the Minister of energy and coal industry Igor Nasalik in the channel 112.Ukraine.
“Another 6-7 months ago, we could say that without the anthracite from the ATO we can’t do it at all. To date, we offset the anthracite group from other countries,” – said the Minister.
According to him, according to the developed plan, three days ago, in Ukraine it is the first vessel with coal from South Africa.
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Nasalik also added that the Cabinet has refused to supply coal from the occupied areas of Donbass due to the increase in the intensity of the fighting, problems with rolling stock, as well as supply disruptions of raw materials.
Earlier Nasaliki declared that Ukraine in the near future will not be able to do without the supply of coal from the zone ATO due to the limited capacity of transshipment of Ukrainian ports.
Ukraine began to experience an acute shortage of coal since the summer of 2014, when due to military operations have completely lost control over part of Donbas, where a large part of that is the mines of anthracite coal.
Currently, about 60% of the electricity generated in Ukraine, generate nuclear power plants, the rest is produced by thermal power plants by burning gas and coal, and hydroelectric power and “green” energy.
In 2015, Ukraine imported bituminous coal and anthracite, totaling more than $1.6 billion. the Largest coal suppliers to Ukraine last year were Russia, USA and Kazakhstan.