Ukraine receives another shipment of South African coal

On Sunday, July 23, the bulk carrier Zhao Yaung Feng arrived at the port of Yuzhniy with 75,000 tons of anthracite coal, the second batch ordered by the Donbas Fuel and Energy Company’s (DTEK) holding in South Africa, reported the press service of DTEK Energo.

The coal is intended for Pridneprovska and Krivyy Rig Thermal Power Plant (TPP), which now operate one unit each. As of July 23, the stations hold anthracite reserves of 110,000 and 90,000 tons respectively.

"DTEK continues the program implementation on anthracite coal accumulation for the preparation of its thermal power plants for the winter. The arrival of the second vessel increases the safety margin for our TPPs working on anthracite. Today, Ukraine received 150 thousand tons of imported anthracite in the framework of our contract for the supply of coal from South Africa," stated the Commercial Director of DTEK Energo, Vitaly Butenko.

The first vessel carrying 75,000 tons of anthracite for DTEK’s thermal power plants arrived in Ukraine on May 25, 2017. In total, the company contracted the purchase of 675 thousand tons of coal from South Africa.

The import of anthracite from South Africa is part of emergency measures that were implemented in the electricity market of Ukraine from February 17 to July 17. These were introduced in response to the complete cessation of anthracite coal supplies from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, territory not controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

In April, five of the six anthracite TPPs in Ukraine stopped working. On July 17, two DTEK thermal power stations restarted their work.

  coal, South Africa, Donbas, thermal power stations