The Ministry of Energy presented the conceptual framework for reforming the coal industry, the press service reports.
Soon they will be submitted for consideration by the Expert Council under the Ministry, and after final approval, they will be presented at a meeting of the Coordination Center for the Transformation of Ukrainian Coal Regions.
“We propose for consideration a combined version of the reform, which includes the division of state mines into three categories. Accordingly, we propose three ways of development for them,” said Deputy Energy Minister Maksym Nemchynov.
Some of the mines will become a resource base for PJSC Centerenergo, with the possible subsequent creation of a vertically integrated company.
The second category is “dual-use” mines, those that will produce power and coking coal.
The third category of mines will get a chance for a "second" life. They will be offered for privatization as integral property complexes for which it is possible to reformat the economic activity.
It is also planned to implement pilot projects for the transformation of coal regions in two "monotowns". The prospects of these projects were discussed during the meetings of Acting Energy Minister Olha Buslavets with representatives of the government and business circles of Germany.
As Olha Buslavets noted, it is very important to take into account human resources and provide social protection to mine workers, while transforming coal regions.
“We must take care of decent social guarantees for people, without this, the transformation of coal regions is impossible,” said the Head of the Ministry.
Earlier it was reported that Centrenergo will consider the possibility of joining the mines after their audit.
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