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Coal from South Africa arrives in Ukraine

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Staff writer ▼ | December 8, 2015
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Energy   The Bulk China vessel docked at the Pivdenniy port

A shipment of coal from South Africa has arrived in Ukraine, easing concerns the country may face coal shortages during the winter.

The Bulk China vessel docked at the Pivdenniy port Saturday evening, delivering 168,000 mt of South African coal that will be used by power generating companies in Ukraine, the ministry said.

"Unloading work has already started and first railway cars with coal will be dispatched to Trypilska Thermal Power Plant later this week," the ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook.

"The next ship with coal is expected to arrive on December 12."

Trypilska TPP is part of CenterEnergo, one of four major fossil fuel-burning power generating companies in Ukraine.

Ukraine plans to import about 250,000 mt of coal from South Africa in December, while another 170,000 mt is expected to be imported in January, according to Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn.

Ukraine plans to step up coal imports to ensure it has enough coal for the winter. Its reserves of anthracite, a type of coal mostly used by power plants, fell by 74,700 mt over the past four days to 785,300 mt as of December 4, compared with 860,000 mt as of November 30, UkrEnergo said in the report.

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