The situation with the reserves of both gas and anthracite coal in the warehouses of thermal power plants remains critical, filling the warehouses at thermal power plants (TPPs) at 34% of the minimum required reserves. This was announced on February 22 by the press center of Ukrenergo.
“The situation with coal reserves in TPP warehouses remains critical. In particular, as of February 21, coal reserves in the warehouses of TPPs (of all grades) since the beginning of November 2020 have decreased 8.3 times to 301.1 thousand tons, of which gas coal - 11.2 times to 190.4 thousand tons, anthracite - 3.3 times to 110.7 thousand tons. It should be noted that coal at the TPPs' warehouses accounts for only 34% of the minimum required reserves, ”the company said in a statement.
Reportedly, about 51.6% of coal reserves (155.5 thousand tons) are concentrated only at two TPPs - Lugansk and Slavyanskaya. It is also noted that by the end of the week, compared to the beginning, the reserves of gas coal at TPPs decreased by only 1% (-1.8 thousand tons), while anthracite - by 8.7% (-10.5 thousand tons ).
About 4% of the world's coal reserves are concentrated in Ukraine, most of which is energy. Coking coal accounts for about 30%. The main deposits are located in the Donetsk, Dnieper and Lvov-Volynsk coal basins, as well as in the Dnieper-Donetsk and Transcarpathian depressions.
Ukraine, with the concept of a "green" energy transition, has declared its readiness to completely abandon coal combustion by 2050. At the same time, the current Energy Strategy until 2035 provides for the closure of unprofitable mines in the next 5 years.