"The Government's stance remains invariable:
for the autumn-winter period it is necessary to calculate the worst, not the
best scenario. And having this scenario in mind, we must plan the needed amount
of accumulated coal and gas", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk at a meeting of Anti-Crisis Energy Staff on Thursday, October 15.
The readiness of the entire energy and heating supply
system "must be scaled to fit even if temperatures drop to 20 degrees below
He stressed that the Government had done everything
in power to ensure sufficient financial resource aimed at providing Ukraine
with the required gas volumes and necessary electric energy: "I believe
that the financial resource that we have gathered will enable us to purchase
the needed gas amounts and to endure the winter".
The Prime Minister stressed on problems with coal supplies: "We
have lost 85 mines and the situation with coal remains difficult".
The Government managed to maintain coal supply, "primarily due to
the private sector, we are working very closely with, and due to the efforts of
the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Defense
and the Security Service: "But presently, this is not enough. The showings
are better against the last year’s, and we need a lot
more work to accumulate the necessary coal volumes".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the heads of regional state
administrations and local authorities with a request to hold meetings with
representatives of the enterprises providing heat supplies and tackle the need of
quality services to people: "People will pay if the quality of service is
However, the Prime Minister stressed that "we should disable district heating
providers just to earn from the situation that regardless of the atmospheric temperature they burn gas,
they put the cost of gas in bills for citizens." "There must be simple
logic: the higher
the outside temperature is, the lower the coolant temperature becomes. The lower
the temperature outside is, the coolant temperature is higher,"
underlined Arseniy Yatsenyuk, noting that relevant acts of the Government stipulate for