KIEV, April 28 (Itar-Tass) — President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine has signed a law lifting the ban on privatization of combined heat and power plants /CHP/, the presidential press service said Saturday.
A commentary to the law says: “The ban has been lifted for the purpose of implementing a program of a technological upgrade of the CHP’s by inviting private investors, leasing the plants or granting them to concession.”
A total of thirteen CHP’s of the 32 the country has at the moment are dropped off the lists of state properties.
Vladimir Makukha, the country’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Coalmines said the government is drafting a program of technological upgrade of the CHP’s, in line with which natural gas will be replaced there with coal or other types of fuel.
In 2011, Ukraine’s electric and thermal power utility companies used up 10.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
Energy sector experts say 10 billion cubic meters of gas can be replaced with 17.3 million tons of coal, and the cost of the fuel will go down then to $ 2.2 billion from $ 4.2 billion a year.