«Nationalization» of the mines in the occupied Donbas territories gave Russia an additional possibility of influence on Ukraine, said in an article for the newspaper «Express» Director of the Institute of energy research Dmitry marunych.
«Is there any way to replace the anthracite coal in our power plants? You can, if you convert the units. But it costs hundreds of millions of hryvnia. And subsequently the question arises, where to take coal brand «G», which in Ukraine is not enough. Of course, in the supply of American coal is present and the policy. After the loss of the mines in the Donbass Russia has received the coal lever of influence on Ukraine. Now Kiev is trying to minimize it», – wrote the expert.
He added that the coal from the USA to cost Ukraine more expensive, but no alternative is left after complete blockade of enterprises and cancellation of the purchase of anthracite to the uncontrolled part of Donbass.
The shortage of coal in the Ukrainian thermal power plants arose in connection with the beginning of the commercial blockade of the occupied areas of Eastern Ukraine, the ATO veterans of volunteer units that require the release of the hostages. The blockade was extended to the supply of anthracite coal from the territories controlled by the militants.
On 1 August it became known that one of the largest power generating companies of Ukraine, «Tsentrenergo», concluded with the American company XCoal Energy & Resources supply contract until the end of 2017 700 thousand tons of coal. On 21 August representatives of XCoal sent its first consignment of coal to Ukraine – 62 thousand tons, she arrived at the Yuzhny port in Odessa region on the night of 13 September.
According to «Ukrainian news», «Centrenergo» buy anthracite at US $113 per tonne, the company DTEK in South Africa for $105. «Donbassenergo» imported coal at $85, but, according to the Agency, the supplier is Russia. ORC incorporated in the price of coal now is 2000 UAH per ton (about $76).
After the loss of the mines in the Donbass Russia has received the coal lever of influence on Ukraine – expert, the energy market Marunich 25.09.2017