Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is convinced that effective development of the
national coal branch is a pledge of energy safety of Ukraine. She announced during the Round
table dedicated to the development of coal industry.
of Ukraine, future of its energy safety, our stability
and our independence is in our ability to effectively develop the coal branch,”
the Head of Government emphasized.
to her, despite the global financial turmoil, the Government has not only
rejected suggestions of certain experts to close down mines and shorten amounts
of coal extraction but rendered significant financial support to the miners as
“lives of 1 million people in Ukraine depend on operation of the coal branch”.
particular, according to the Premier, under conditions of reduction of coal
consumption at electric power plants and metallurgic enterprises the Gov’t has
purchased additional 1.5 million tons of energy coal and created an additional state
reserve in such a way. One more measure of the Government was to down the price
for coke coal for the metallurgic industry, mines were
transferred to subsidies at this. “As a result, we don’t have arrears of wages,
this month we have managed to earmark significant funds for development of
lavas and for the first month production output in metallurgic industry has
been upped by 16%”.
The Head of
Government also informed that by the end of year UAH 1.6 billion will be
directed to support coal branch, in particular, these funds will be spend for
putting in operation of lavas and technical re-equipment of shafts.
year 2009 has become a year of resistance to the crisis, the year 2010 will
become the year which gives us a chance to further our successful movement
forward, that implies increase in extraction of coal, modernization and
reconstruction of thermoelectric power plants, it is also creating of all
prerequisites for our coal branch to develop and thrive,” Yulia Tymoshenko