The system approach of the Government aimed at achieving
energy independence and increasing the production of Ukrainian gas will afford to
diversify coal supplies from the temporarily uncontrolled territories. This was
stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a Government meeting
"To hold modernization and abandon the [anthracite –
ed.] coal, and to transfer, for instance, to that of the gas group which is
extracted from the controlled areas, we need 3-5 years plus annual investments worth
not less than UAH 15 billion. But this dependence is being phased out: we engage
in replacing gas, we’ve began to produce Ukrainian gas, reduced scaling down of
gas production in Ukraine. This means that our comprehensive approach will provide
the opportunity, in particular to diversify the supply of coal", said the
Head of Government.
In the issue of deliveries of anthracite coal from the
temporarily uncontrolled territory of Ukraine it is necessary to distinguish
between the issues of prevention of smuggling and the fight against the
Ukrainian people, the Prime Minister accentuated.
"When we are talking about the blockade, I oppose vehemently
all forms of smuggling. I agree that we must halt any movement of contrabands,
not only by railway, but by other transport means through the demarcation line.
But when it comes to the national security of our country, when we are talking
about the fact that people must have heating and electricity in their homes,
when we are talking about the fact that we are going through the heating
season, ... now some Ukrainians want with their own hands to disrupt the heating
season, to force phased blackouts in our country. This is unacceptable. We need
to distinguish between fight against smuggling and the fight against the
Ukrainian citizens", urged Volodymyr Groysman.
The Government has ensured high-level preparation for the
heating season in our country, stressed the Prime Minister.
accentuated the Ukrainian steel industry depends on the supply of
coal. This industry employs 300 thousand people.
"When we are talking about accelerated growth of the economy, which
will allow us to raise pensions, it is vital to ensure the real economy working,
without any halts. If Avdiyivka coke and chemical
plant could have stopped as a result of attacks of the Russian mercenaries, these
days it can stop because it lacks necessary raw materials to continue operation.
Nobody has the right to speculate on that", stressed the Head of
Moreover, he noted that decline in metallurgical exports would lead to the
decline in Ukrainian trade, the reduction of foreign currency flows into the
country, thereby undermining economic growth and delaying plans for other
projects. It could also jeopardize the national currency.
In the structure of electricity production in
Ukraine, more than 30% of power is generated from coal. Part of cities in
Ukraine, such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv produces heat for homes
of Ukrainian citizens from coal.
Ukraine consumes such
coal in the amount of 24 million tons per year. Anthracite coal is produced and
mined from carriers situated on temporary uncontrolled territory, he noted.
"I believe that
critical minimum of imports, a minimum amount that we extract from the domestic
mines, can be safely used by us today", summed up the Head of Government.