Ukraine relies on South African coal to stay warm during winter

Ukraine’s electricity and heat generating companies are heavily dependent on coal for fuel, but the war that erupted in the main Donets coal basin in March has caused extraction of the highly thermal types A and T coal to decline by a critical 13 per cent in nine months.

Coal is a source of 42 per cent of the electricity that Ukraine makes. DTEK, Rinat Akhmetov’s energy holding which produces a third of the nation’s electricity, said on October 10 that the nation is short of 8.5 million tons of coal in November-March.

As black fuel reserves declined through the summer, the government and private companies began to search for new sources.

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