The Ukrainian authorities have extended emergency in the energy sector before year end

Ukrainian authorities are considering several scenarios of the energy crisis. In accordance with one of them, the lifting of extraordinary measures in the energy sector of Ukraine may not happen before the end of this year. As reported TASS, said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion the TV channel NewsOne.

According to the Vice Prime Minister, there are three scenarios of the situation. “This is the emergency measures up to 1 June to 1 September until the end of 2017”, — said Question (quoted by TASS). He noted that the most attractive from the point of view of the repair campaign is the first option.

Question noted that for stable operation of the power system of Ukraine during the year, you need to purchase 5 million tons of anthracite coal. Where and at what price, the purchase will be made is still unknown. Accurate information will be known on March 6.

The Vice-Premier said that to buy coal Ukraine can in the US, South Africa or Russia. In this option to supply coal from the United States is “problematic.” At the same time, the purchase of coal in Russia, according to Kitiona is unacceptable “from a Patriotic point of view”. Minus the purchase of coal in South Africa, in turn, is a long time clearance of consignment. According to Kistina, it can take up to two months.

Earlier, on 13 February, the Minister of energy of Ukraine Igor Nasalik warned that the only alternative to the purchase of coal in the Donbass can be the import of energy resources from Russia. The procurement of coal in South Africa, the Minister called unrealistic.

The Ukrainian authorities have introduced emergency measures in the energy sector of Ukraine on 15 February. The reason for this was blockade by militant groups rail service to the Donbass, where Ukraine has ceased to flow coal. The shortage of experienced coal power plants and industrial enterprises. President Petro Poroshenko has warned that the consequences of the energy crisis may be the loss of $2 billion and the loss of 300 jobs.