Luhanska TPP (DTEK Vostokenergo), due to the lack of coal supplies from the Russian Federation, was switched to the use of natural gas, said Vitaly Komarnytsky, Head of the Lugansk Regional State Administration, Interfax reports.
“Today at 09:00 Luhanska TPP was switched from coal consumption to gas. Everything was carried out in normal mode, there were no interruptions. Consumers did not feel the difference. Everything is under control, there is no reason for concern”, Komarnytsky wrote.
Recall that Luhanska TPP may suspend work due to the lack of coal supplies from the Russian Federation.
As it was reported, in November 2018, the Luhansk thermal power plant had been forced to switch to gas combustion due to Russia's blockage of coal supplies. Deliveries to TPPs were carried out from DTEK’s asset in the Russian Federation – the Obukhivska mine office (Rostov region), as TPP could receive coal by rail only from Russian territory. There were no railway entrances to the Luhanska TPP on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.
This is connected with Russia's ban on the export of coal, oil and petroleum products to Ukraine. From June 1, 2019, goods can be imported into Ukraine only on the basis of separate permits.