Ukraine has enough resources in order to opt out of anthracite coal, which comes from the Donbass, in the case of adoption of a political decision. This was stated by Minister of energy and coal industry Igor Nasalik in the air of the TV channel «1+1».
«If there is a political decision and at the state level will tell, block and more is no exchange of goods, Ukraine has enough resources to go completely without anthracite», — said the Minister.
However, he also noted that in case of failure will have to find 15 billion in additional funds.
«We must understand that 15 billion of additional funds and we need to understand that these 15 billion … at whose expense score will be,» said Nasalik.
According to the Minister, the 15 billion will fall on the shoulders of the economy and consumers.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated that receipt of coal from uncontrolled territories in Donbas at the moment there is no alternative.
Recall that in 2014 the military conflict 88 coal mines were on controlled Ukraine of the territory of Donbass. Therefore, domestic thermal power plants for the first years of independence faced a shortage of coal, and the population came under threat of rolling blackouts. To prevent this, the government in the summer of 2014 decided to buy coal in South Africa. In August 2014 the state enterprise «Ukrinterenergo» have signed an agreement with the British Steel Mont Trading on the supply of 250 thousand tonnes of South African coal. Subsequently, the Prosecutor General’s office accused the leadership of state-owned companies is that the low quality coal is purchased at inflated (by $ 10-15 per tonne) prices and does not burn in the Ukrainian stations.
In that period it was also reported that the purchase of coal from South Africans or the Russians — not the only way to solve the problem of providing Ukrainian thermal power plants anthracite as anthracite can be imported and from the occupied territories of Donbass. Trivergent this method of supply of coal noted that in the case of successful negotiations with the occupiers of this coal would bypass Ukraine is much cheaper than Russian or African.
However, the Ukrainian government was in the position that to buy coal from separatists is a bad idea, Ukrainian officials over the past year has made many statements about the inadmissibility of cooperation with separatists. However before the heating season of 2015-2016, the government began to recognize that without the supply from the occupied Donbass will not do.
Earlier, in may 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers brought the uncontrolled territories in the East of the common energy market of Ukraine, requiring the power supplying company «DTEK Donetskoblenergo» and «Luhansk energy Association» to purchase power from local companies and maintain its separate account. It was stressed that this decision enters into force on 7 may 2015 and is valid until the full restoration of the constitutional order of Ukraine on uncontrolled territory.
Later, after three months, the Cabinet agreed a scheme to export coal from ATO zone through the territory of Russia. The then Minister of energy and coal industry Volodymyr demchyshyn noted that the agreed scheme of export through the territory of the Russian Federation provides for the supply of coal to the Luhansk TPP, as it was practiced previously, and at thermal power plants, which operate in the United energy system of Ukraine.
Nasalik: Ukraine can refuse from the coal from the Donbass 10.02.2017