Last year, the consumption rate of thermal coal in Ukraine fell by one third, said the country’s Energy and Coal Production Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn (Interfax-Ukraine).
“In 2015, the demand for thermal coal fell by 35 percent (from 38 to 27 mln tons). No rise in demand for this year is expected, unfortunately”, the official said in Kyiv on February 9. He added that the Ministry plans to increase electricity export so as to stimulate the demand for steam coal in Ukraine.
Previosuly, 112 International reported that 79,000 tons of coal from the South African Republic reached Ukraine in December 2015.