In January-June 2017, #Ukraine experienced a #record #drop in the #consumption of #coal. In particular, Ukrainian #thermal #power #plants and #heat and #power plants reduced their consumption of coal by a quarter – to 10.915 million tonnes – compared to the same period in 2016. Such a record drop in the consumption of coal was driven by the #suspension of #supplies of #goods from the #Anti-Terrorist #Operation #Zone, in particular, suspension of supplies of #anthracite #coal.
The suspension of coal supply, though stressful for the energy system of the country, should work as an additional incentive to develop the sector of renewable energy in Ukraine.
In January-June 2017, Ukrainian thermal power plants (TPPs) and heat and power plants (CHPPs) reduced their consumption of coal by 26.7% (by 3.98 million tonnes) compared to the same period in 2016 – to 10.915 million tonnes, as reported in the press release of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.
According to the statistical data, in June 2017, the consumption of coal by the TPPs and CHPPs fell by 30.5% (by 769.6 thousand tonnes) compared to the same month of 2016 – to 1.754 million tonnes.
Such a record drop in the consumption of coal was driven by the suspension of supplies of goods from the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone (ATO zone), in particular, suspension of supplies of anthracite coal, which is used by half of the energy generating thermal power plants in the country.
In this connection, the Ukrainian government introduced emergency measures in the energy sector, which were in force from 17 February until 17 July 2017. Conversely, the media reported earlier that in 2016 the coal consumption by Ukrainian TPPs and CHPPs increased by 9.4% compared to 2015 – up to 31.338 million tonnes.
The consumption of coal by Ukrainian TPPs and CHPPs in 2017 is expected at 26.258 million tonnes, which is 16.2% (5.79 million tonnes) less than in 2016. Inter alia, the consumption of anthracite coal in 2017 should drop by 44.8% (by 5.74 million tonnes) to 7.59 million tonnes, while the gas consumption should increase by 3.6% to 19.18 million tonnes.