The first 60 cars with grade A thermal coal from the Russian Federation arrived in Ukraine for the needs of Lugansk TPP DTEK Vostokenergo. This was announced by the representative of the Ukrainian delegation in the socio-economic subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Victoria Strakhova on her Facebook page.
“The first 60 cars with coal for the Lugansk TPP ended up in Ukraine. Now you can be sure that Happiness and neighboring settlements will be happy at least in terms of warmth, ”Strakhova said.
In particular, Strakhova reported that the coals came from the Rostov region, Russian Federation.
According to the Ministry of Energy, as of January 5, coal reserves in the warehouses of the Lugansk TPP amounted to 8.1 thousand tons, the station's daily consumption is about 0.6-0.8 thousand tons. 60 wagons carry about 4 thousand tons of coal.
With an unresolved issue of coal supplies to the Lugansk TPP, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine considered the transition of the station to gas.
At an online briefing on January 5, Energy Minister German Galushchenko said that the Russian Federation continues to block the transit of coal from Kazakhstan.
“Coal does not come from Kazakhstan. There is a signed contract for 660 thousand tons of coal for the heating season, but due to actions from the Russian Federation, transit is being blocked. Neither we, nor Centrenergo see an opportunity to physically obtain this coal, "Galushchenko said.
As previously reported, Russia has stopped supplies of thermal coal to Ukraine since November 1.