Stocks of coal at Ukrainian thermal power plants (TPPs) declined by 6.5% between 28 February and 6 March 2018, to 1.363 million tons. At the same time, reserves of anthracite dropped by 9%, from 594,800 tons to 541,000 tons, according to the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry’s press service, UNIAN reports.
Meanwhile, gas grade coal stocks went down by 4.8%, from 821,700 tons to 863,500 tons.
The production of thermal and coking coal in the country fell by 14.6% in 2017, compared to the 2016 figure, to reach 34.916 million tons, according to the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine.
Because of the military conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine, the country faced a considerable shortage of coal, particularly that of thermal anthracite group produced in the separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The country’s energy enterprises started to transfer the thermal power plants’ units from anthracite to gas coal feeding. Nevertheless, there has been a noticeable shortage of it, as the production of gas coal failed to keep up with the increased consumption. In order to offset the shortage, businesses began arranging coal imports from the United States and South Africa.