: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Minister Nasalyk: Ukraine won`t buy Russian coal

Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Ihor Nasalyk says that Ukraine will not buy coal from Russia as it has sufficient coal stocks.
”This year we won`t buy power-generating coal from Russia. Our stocks today are about 3 million tonnes, we will only be building them up,” he told reporters.
Not the supply of coal but its efficient use is important to Ukraine, he said.
”Our coal [stocks] are enough and to spare,” he added.
As UNIAN reported, Ukraine faced a deficit of coal in summer 2014 when it lost control of Donbas where most of coal mines producing anthracite are located.
Nuclear power plants account for about 60% of power generation, while thermal power plants consuming coal and gas, hydropower plants and ”green” energy facilities account for the remaining share.
In 2015, Ukraine imported bituminous coal and anthracite to the tune of $1.632 billion. The largest coal shipments last year arrived from Russia, the United States, and Kazakhstan. Coal imports from Russia were estimated at $771.3 million (47.2% of spending on solid fuel), shipments from the United States amounted to $400 million (24.5%), from Kazakhstan to $123.7 million (7.6%). Coal imports from other countries were estimated at $338.2 million.


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