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KIEV, December 6. /TASS/. About 50,000 tonnes of the Russian coal stranded on the border have been dispatched to Ukraine’s thermal power plants, the country’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry said on Saturday.
Ukraine has a shortage of thermal coal and in September the country had to cut twice energy exports to the European Union and to cut off energy exports to Belarus.
Unit 3 of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant that suffered a technical error last week has been restored to full capacity, the ministry said. At present the NPP five units are generating 4,670 MW.
Coal imported from South Africa happened to be of inadequate quality.
“The coal from the South African Republic does not burn at our thermal power plants,” Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema said. “It is a crime and it should be punished.”
Chief executive of the state-owned company Ukrinterenergo Vladimir Zinevich was detained in connection with purchases of coal in South Africa.
In August the Ukrainian government concluded a contract to receive one million tonnes of coal from South Africa. The first vessel carrying 84,200 tonnes aboard arrived in Ukraine on October 23, the second with 79,000 tonnes - on October 30 and on November 9 another batch of 85,000 thermal coal arrived.
In November Steel Mont Trading Ltd. cancelled its contract on coal supplies to Ukraine.