As of February 27, 2019, warehouses of TPPs were filled with 1,184.4 thousand tons (274.2 thousand tons less compared to the same date in 2018). At the same time, according to the coal reserves standards established by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining, 902.8 thousand tons of coal should be stored in the warehouses of TPPs by the end of February. Thus, the general rate of accumulation is observed and exceeded, but at individual TPPs, such as Tripolska, Luhanska, Zmiivska and Kryvorizhska, the absence of the necessary amount of coal in warehouses could be observed.
Among actual gas reserve volumes, 361.5 thousand tons (-231 thousand tons to the last year) is anthracite coal and 821.9 (-44.1 thousand tons) thousand tons – gas-coal.
It should be noted that as Ukrainian enterprises do not mine anthracite, Ukraine imports coal from international partners. According to the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, in 2018, exports of anthracite coal from Belarus to Ukraine increased by 340 times (102.2 thousand tons in 2018 vs. 0.3 thousand tons in 2017).
Herewith, there are no anthracite coal fields in Belarus. However, the Minister of Energy of Ukraine Ihor Nasalik notes that “It may be re-export from Russia, but one thing I can say for sure, it is (the ed. “it” is coal) not from ORDLO”.