UKRAINE’S ENERGY MINISTRY: WE CAN COMPENSATE COAL SHORTAGES ONLY BY FUEL IMPORTS FROM RUSSIA
The only alternative to the coal imports from Donbas area (war zone in the east of Ukraine – OM) is coal or natural gas imports from Russia, as we have no possibility to import coal from South Africa at the moment, - Ukraine’s Energy Minister Igor Nasalik stated in the interview to Ukraine’s Television.
Earlier on Monday, 13 February 2017, Nasalik stated that Ukraine’s Energy Ministry has drafted decision about emergency situation in the energy sector in the context of anthracite coal shortages for the Ukraine’s power plants. He added that the draft is to be submitted to the government “in the matter of hours”.
The threat of grave anthracite shortage from Donbass emerged after the radical nationalists move to block cargo rail shipments to and from the Donetsk and Lugansk regioned not controlled by Kiev administration.
“We can not buy coal from South Africa, because all availabilities had already been contracted until April. The only two remaining options are to import coal or natural gas from Russia to the natural gas and fuel oil power plants. Those are the only two remaining options,” Nasalik stated in the interview to Ukraine’s 112 TV Channel. Nasalik added that some 600,000 of coal miners are working in separated territories to supply coal for Ukraine’s power plants
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