Unrest continues to impact on Ukrainian power plants


The Ukraine’s coal-fired power plants are being severely disrupted as a result of the conflict in the east of the country.

Power plants at one end of the country are reliant on coal mining from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions that border Russia, the epicentre of the unrest.
DTEK B.V., Ukraine’s largest private energy company, needs a type of coal that’s only mined in Luhansk to fuel about half of its coal power stations, according to Chief Executive Officer Maxim Timchenko. Without that, or alternative supplies from Russia, there’s a risk to household electricity flows, he said.

“The mines are located in the southern part of Luhansk,” which is out of the government’s control, Timchenko told Bloomberg. “The main problem is how to get it out of that area and ship it to our power plants.”

Meanwhile RWE’s Czech unit says it has experienced a reduction in supplies of Russian gas to the Czech Republic for several days in the past week, although it is not clear if that is due to ongoing sanctions.

RWE Czech Republic said the partial reductions had no impact on its customers nor preparation for winter due to full storage facilities and a wide portfolio of supplies.

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