Ukraine’s power plants working at minimum capacity because of coal shortage

Ukraine is obviously short of coal, the country’s newly-appointed Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn told a December 5 news conference in Kyiv. There are only 1.4 million tons of coal left at the local power plants, while they need 3.2 million tons a month.

The amount of anthracite, a high quality coal, does not exceed 0.25 million tons, the rest is a so called “gas” coal of a lower quality. Coal-based power plants produce as much as 42 per cent of the annual electricity output.

“Ukraine is currently in an urgent need of anthracite,” Demchyshyn said.

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