According to the schedule, the heating season will be kicked off on October 15. Social objects, inter alia schools, kindergartens, and hospitals ought to be connected to the heating system if the temperature in the premises decreases to 16 degrees, and residential buildings are to be connected within three days if the temperature there is below 8 degrees.
According to Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, the country for the first time in recent years is completely prepared for the heating season and sufficient fuel reserves have been accumulated. The Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry reports, as of September, 14.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas are in underground gas storage facilities, which is 2.3 billion cubic meters more than in last year. Coal reserves make up 1.980.5 thousand tons, which is 568.3 thousand tons more compared with last year’s figures.
Apart from that, the Cabinet of Ministers accentuates local governments bear direct responsibility for providing consumers with heat and hot water. The same concerns the formation of tariffs for consumed energy. Moreover, the Prime Minister has repeatedly emphasized that there are no grounds for increasing gas prices in Ukraine. He also stressed the need to prevent price hikes for heating services on the ground.
«I expect local leaders will assume responsibility as well as will not allow any price hikes», the Head of Government stressed.