Energetics should use gas or coal, but neither vacant gas nor vacant coal is there in Ukraine

18 november 2014 | Vestnik Kavkaza

Due to the unstable political situation and winter period coming Ukraine faces an energy carrier shortage problem, considering coal in particular. ¾ of the Ukrainian coal pits are centralized on the territories of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic, and Atomic Power Plants are poorly adapted for winter load-factoring, announced the expert of the Analytical Center Alexander Golyashev during the roundtable in INA “Rossiya segodnya”.

Alexander Golyashev
Alexander Golyashev
Department for Research Studies

Energetics should use gas or coal, but neither vacant gas nor vacant coal is there in Ukraine, reports “Vestnik Kavkaza” citing Mr. Golyashev. The cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine monthly prolongs electric-power industry emergency, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry warned citizens about rolling blackouts, though previous rolling blackout happened in the early 90s. “Import from Russia always was coking”, said the expert. “And only since August, when due to the warfare in the eastern part of the country everything was destroyed, Ukraine started the import of thermal coal”.

Despite political contradictions between two countries, Russian companies readily supply the Ukrainian ones with coal: «Private traders purchased coal from Kemerovo companies in August-September, but logistics is an issue there. These supplies cannot cross the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic, they have to cross northern regions – Kharkov and Sumy regions, and the capacity of the Ukrainian border checkpoints is considerably small.