Promoting Energy Independence: DTEK TPPs Increased Ukrainian-Coal-Based Electricity Generation by 21.7% since the Beginning of the Year
DTEK Energy’s thermal power plants generated 11.5 billion kWh of electricity from G-grade coal in January–May 2018. Electricity production increased by 21.7% YoY. This has become a driving force for the coal mining industry, giving the country an opportunity to reduce its dependence on imported fuel.
The company is expanding the production of electricity based on Ukrainian coal by converting two DTEK Prydniprovska TPP units to steam coal (the project was completed in the end of 2017) and by increasing the load of other steam-coal-fired TPPs.
Energy system dispatchers switch on steam-coal-fired TPP units as a matter of priority, while anthracite-fired TPP units operate at the minimum load required to ensure uninterrupted operation of the energy system.
This led to the company’s anthracite-fired TPPs reducing energy production by almost 30%, down to 2 billion kWh, in five months.
At the same time, DTEK TPPs’ total electricity generation for both residential consumers and Ukrainian industrial sectors amounted to 13.5 billion kWh in January–May 2018, which is 12.1% more than in the same period of 2017.
“DTEK Energy’s thermal power plants operate as required by the energy system and demonstrate an upward trend in the generation of electricity based on G-grade coal. It is a pleasure to see that the project we implemented at DTEK Prydniprovska TPP not only helps reduce coal import but also promotes Ukrainian coal production,” commented Serhii Kurylenko, Director for Generation of DTEK Energy.
DTEK Energy plans to complete the conversion of two more units of Prydniprovska TPP from anthracite to steam coal by the end of 2018. As a result, the plant will be able to ensure the production of the required amounts of electricity without anthracite.
DTEK continues implementing its program to increase Ukraine’s energy independence. The program has four key steps:
Step 1: conversion of TPP units from anthracite to steam coal
Step 2: supplying Ukrainian coal to TPPs
Step 3: upgrading TPPs for efficient and uninterrupted operation
Step 4: development of renewable energy technologies in Ukraine