More Coal for Ukraine: In 2017 DTEK Increased its Gas Coal Production by 8.2%, to 22.9M tonnes
In 2017, DTEK’s coal enterprises have produced 22.9M tonnes of G-grade coal. That is 1.7M tonnes, or 8.2%, more than in 2016. The company’s mines are reaching record production levels thanks to multibillion-dollar investments, making it possible to strengthen Ukraine’s energy independence.
In December, coal production at DTEK Pavlogradugol and DTEK Dobropolyeugol had totaled to about 2M tonnes, which is 2.1% more than in December 2016. The enterprises have coped with the task assigned to them and fulfilled their production plans. That has helped reduce a G-grade coal deficit in Ukraine.
Only over 11 months of the last year, UAH 3.7B have been directed to the increase of coal production at DTEK Dobropolyeugol and DTEK Pavlogradugol, which is 1.5 times more than the amount of investments for the same period in 2016.
For DTEK Pavlogradugol, the past year has been especially important. For the first time in its history, the enterprise has surpassed the production mark of 20M tonnes, having produced record 20.1M tonnes of coal. That result was achieved thanks to constant investments in the upgrades and purchase of new equipment. Since 2007, DTEK has invested about UAH 17B in the enterprise.
“Constant investments in coal enterprises are the basis for achieving our country’s energy independence. The example of DTEK Pavlogradugol confirms that very vividly. Thanks to the hard work of our miners, Ukraine’s energy independence has become stronger. It will increase even more. In 2018, the company is planning to increase investments in the enterprises, so that their total output of gas coal exceeds 24M tonnes. For us, this task is quite feasible,” said Mykhailo Barabash, DTEK Energy Coal Production Director.
DTEK continues implementation of the program to reduce dependence on imported coal. There are three key steps. Step 1: transferring units from firing anthracite to firing G-grade coal. Step 2: providing TPPs with Ukrainian coal. Step 3: upgrading TPPs for their efficient and uninterrupted operation.
More information about DTEK’s most important efforts aimed at ensuring secure power supply in Ukraine during autumn and winter seasons is published at the company’s website http://ozp.dtek.com