This year, Ukraine enters the heating season with record accumulative stocks of coal and gas. Coal reserves are 2.9 million tons, which is twice more compared to the last year, and gas reserves amount to 27.7 billion cubic meters, which also demonstrates a record level in recent years. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during a regular Government sitting on October 9.
According to the Head of Government, the readiness of houses, networks and boiler houses is over 95% throughout the country, thus Ukrainians must be timely provided with heating.
"Local authorities are responsible for the start of the heating season. The Government, in turn, will closely monitor the process to avoid problems. After all, we have seen that every year we observe some problems in different cities. Therefore, I emphasize that local self-governments, our ministries and the State Property Fund bear responsibility before citizens. There should be no such problems this year," the Prime Minister stated.
Following the meeting, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a decision by which instructed the State Energy Supervision Inspection to ensure the issuance of acts confirming the absence of gasification of apartment buildings and the absence of a district heating system in these buildings.
"This resolution will enable people who do not have gas or no central heating system not to overpay this heating season for energy consumed," Denys Shmyhal stressed.
Moreover, the Government approved a draft law, which stipulates for delegating responsibility for setting tariffs for heating, hot water, water supply and sewerage from the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission Competition to local authorities. "This draft law is endorsed to implement the next commitment enshrined in the memorandum with the IMF. The Government is fulfilling its obligations under the program with the IMF, the deadline of which is this year," the Prime Minister underscored.