The Government allocated UAH 341 million for modernization of coal enterprises. The launch of new longwall face at Kapitalna coal mine (state-owned enterprise "Myrnohradvuhillya"), Kurahivske coal mine (state-owned enterprise "Selidvuhillya") and state-owned enterprise Pivdennodonbaske colliery group 1 will take place by the end of the year, which will increase the domestic production of coal. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion.
According to him, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has commissioned Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk to ensure attraction of additional investments to the tune of UAH 1 billion UAH in the coal industry.
"These funds are needed for technical re-equipment of the state coal mines, the launch of new longwall face for the extraction of the necessary coal volumes . One billion hryvnias will additionally provide the country with 2 million tons of coal, which will reduce the need for its import and make the coal mines profitable ", -the Vice Prime Minister stressed.
He noted that starting from August, coal consumption will be reduced at the expense of the work of nuclear and hydroelectric power stations. Since the beginning of the year, hydropower has produced 2.1 billion kWh of electricity more as compared with the same period last year, this allowed to save 1 million tons of coal.
"The situation in the energy sector is stable and predictable, 12 out of 15 nuclear units demonstrate uninterrupted operation. Last year, TPP were overloaded, because NPPs were undergoing repairs, thus coal consumption was increased", Volodymyr Kistion underscored.