A batch of South African coal should reach Ukraine by late November. The respective deal was made in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, as Ukraine's state-run DTEK company ordered 80,000 tons.
DTEK is responsible for Kryvorizka thermal power plant's constant operation; the plant is a part of the Ukrainian energy system.
As of Thursday noon, Kryvorizka TPP works as scheduled, with two power units online; there's 102,000 tons of coal in the stocks.
DTEK notes it currently implements the program aimed at reducing the addiction to import coal supplies. Specifically, anthracite-driven power units are being switched to Ukraine-produced coal; it already let the company reduce the current need for the import anthracite by 700 tons.
It is known that Ukraine's law enforcers check the information about Russia's export activity concerning the Donbas-mined coal stocks to Turkey. Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine said that at a briefing after the security forum in Lviv, western Ukraine. 'We have information about the Russian side's manipulation with the coal from the occupied territories that they mix with the Russian coal so that we cannot find it out using a chemical check. Then, the coal comes to Turkey. The investigation is underway. By the way, we have reasons to suspect that the same kind of coal reached Poland. It's not so easy to detect, but we've got to do it step by step so that there are no manipulations like this one', he said.