The National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) plans to complete extraordinary inspections of thermal generating companies (TPPs) due to critically low coal stocks in their warehouses on Friday, February 12, according to preliminary data, all companies, said the head of the NEURC Valerii Tarasiuk, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Preliminary conclusions: all companies without exception may have underestimated coal stocks,” Tarasiuk said on the air of the Freedom of Speech program on ICTV channel on Monday evening.
According to him, this is the first in the regulator's history to check the licensing conditions of electricity producers regarding the obligation to have the necessary fuel stocks, which Tarasiuk explained by the current situation in the power system.
He clarified that the punishment for violating these conditions could be either a fine or deprivation of a license, stressing about the latter that this is a very serious step.
“I hope it doesn't come to that. This has never happened in history. This will mean the cessation of electricity production. This is the last resort. Nevertheless, everyone should remember that it is provided for,” he said.
Simultaneously, the head of the commission stressed that the regulator would approach the check carefully and comprehensively and analyse the generation behaviour, drawing attention to private companies' failure to fulfil the Ukrenergo dispatcher's commands to load due to emergency repairs.
At the same time, he allowed such actions to be unwilling to use gas in low coal conditions.
“We will analyse why private companies that do not have coal but do not want to burn expensive gas, suddenly fall out for repairs. We will consider the fact that Centrenergo does not do this. It runs on gas, which helps the energy system,” the head of NEURCU noted, stressing that this is still preliminary information obtained during the audit.
Centrenergo reported that the company's thermal power plants burn up to 9 million cubic meters of natural gas every day (during peak days), which will lead to colossal losses for the state thermal generation.
As a reminder, NPC Ukrenergo reported that the situation with coal stocks at TPP warehouses continues to be critical.
As reported, NEURC conducts inspections of TPPs for the provision of fuel.
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