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First ship with steam coal from USA arrives in Ukraine

The first vessel with coal arrived at the port Pivdennyi. Photo: USPA

The first vessel with coal arrived at the port Pivdennyi. Photo: USPA

On Saturday, November 20, the first of seven ships contracted by DTEK with coal from the USA and Colombia arrived in Ukraine. The vessel docked at the port Pivdennyi. It delivered 60,500 tons of coal for the needs of the state company Centrenergo. This is stated in the report of the company DTEK.

To date, DTEK has agreed with international suppliers to supply seven shiploads of coal to Ukraine. Of these, five are from the United States and two from Colombia. The size of each lot is from 40,000 to 75,000 tons.The total is almost 470,000 tons.

The next lot of coal is expected at the end of November, four lots—in December, and one in January. All of them are intended for the needs of DTEK Energo TPPs.

In addition to ship supplies, the company imports coal from Poland. In August, it signed two agreements for the supply of a total of 340,000 tons of thermal coal. Also in September and October, the company imported coal from Kazakhstan. To date, the total volume of already contracted coal from Poland, the USA, and Kazakhstan amounted to about 0.9 million tons. The company is negotiating additional volumes of imported coal.

DTEK's report notes that the import of coal for the company is a temporary measure to cover the fuel shortage, and the use of Ukrainian coal remains a priority. During January—October of this year, DTEK Energo mines produced 13.7 million tons of G grade coal and put into operation 23 new longwalls. In total, the company plans to produce about 17 million tons of gas coal this year.

Context. Earlier this week, Centrenergo announced that it had contracted about 1.5 million tons of coal from four countries. It is planned to deliver 663,000 tons of coal from Kazakhstan by rail, as well as 300,000 tons from Poland. The rest will be shipped by sea from the USA and Australia.

The Russian Federation announced that from November 1 it stopped supplying coal to the territory of Ukraine for the needs of the energy sector.

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