On November 20, the first of seven ships contracted by DTEK with coal from the USA and Colombia arrived in Ukraine. The Panamax-class vessel moored at the Yuzhny port and is intended for the needs of state-owned thermal power plants of PJSC Centerenergo. The volume of the first delivery amounted to 60.5 thousand. tons.
“Despite the extremely difficult conditions in the energy sector, we have mobilized all available resources to prepare for the heating season. By the way, this is not the first time that we have supported state generation and the stability of the Ukrainian energy system. In October, Centrenergo and Donbassenergo urgently shipped about 50 thousand tons of their own coal. This was done to prevent them from stopping. In addition to shipping fuel, we also help with the maximum capacities of our thermal power plants. For example, out of 28 all TPP units operating on Friday, there were 25 of ours, ”said Ildar Saleev, CEO of DTEK Energy.
To date, DTEK has agreed with international suppliers to import 7 shiploads of coal into Ukraine. Of these, 5 deliveries with coal from the United States and 2 deliveries from Colombia. The volume of each ship batch is from 40 to 75 thousand tons. The total volume of contractual supplies envisaged to cover the needs of Ukrainian thermal power plants is almost 470 thousand tons.
All shiploads are expected to arrive in Ukraine during November 2021 - January 2022. The next batch is expected at the end of November, 4 in December and 1 in January. All of them are intended for the needs of DTEK Energo TPP.
In addition to ship supplies, the company imports from Poland. In August, DTEK Energo signed two agreements for the supply of a total of 340 thousand tons of thermal coal from Poland. Also in September-October, the company imported coal from Kazakhstan. Thus, to date, the total volume of already contracted gas coal from Poland, the USA and Kazakhstan amounted to about 0.9 million tons. The company does not stop there and is negotiating additional volumes of imported coal. In September-October alone, DTEK Energy imported more than 356 thousand tons of coal.
The import of coal for the company is a temporary measure to cover the fuel shortage, while the use of Ukrainian coal remains a priority. During January-October of this year, DTEK Energo mines produced 13.7 million tons of G grade coal and put into operation 23 new longwalls. In total, this year the company plans to produce about 17 million tons of gas coal.