Coal stocks in the warehouses of Ukrainian thermal power plants (TPPs) have shrunk to a historic low (455,000 tonnes), which does not guarantee the country’s energy security. The statement was made by Ukrenerho’s chief dispatcher Vitaliy Zaichenko at a meeting of the National Commission for State Regulation in the Sphere of Energy and Utilities on 25 January.
“I want to point out that half of this coal is concentrated at two stations: 116 thousand tons of anthracite at Luhansk TPP and 105 thousand tons at Slavyansk TPP, which, as you know, does not work,” – quoted him “Timer Odessa”.
According to Zaichenko, during the last frosty week, the Ukrainian energy system was able to balance due to increased imports of electricity from Belarus.
Last week, demonstrations were held in a number of Ukrainian cities against the increase in utility tariffs.
For example, in Odessa, signatures were collected under an appeal to the Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, and in the city of Kamenskoye about 120 demonstrators blocked the road.
Starting from January 1, 2021 the Ukrainian government canceled the preferential tariff on electricity for the population. The price increase provoked a wave of riots. Thus, on January 4, about 300 people blocked the Kiev-Kharkiv highway in Poltava region, demanding lower prices for gas distribution.