KIEV, August 19. /TASS/. Donbas has started supplying anthracite coal to Ukraine by restored railroad.
"On August 16-18, DTEK company made first deliveries of anthracite coal [to Ukraine] via Nikitovka-Mayorskaya railroad passage. Eight-five wagons (5,900 tons) were delivered. Resuming traffic on this part of railroad which was destroyed in military actions in 2014, will allow to increase export of coal from the confrontation zone by around 300,000 tons per month. It is planned that at the first stage, the passage will be able to let through 3 pairs of trains per day, and later the number can be increased to 7 pairs of trains and more," the company’s press service said.
The Nikitovka-Mayorskaya passage is the only operating station for delivering coal from Donbas to Kiev. DTEK press service added that 300 wagons of coal cannot be delivered to Kryvui Roh thermal power station through Yasinovataya-Skotovataya railroad passage. Traffic on this part of the railroad was suspended because of continuous shellings.
More than 2 million tons of coal are stored at warehouses in Donbas at the moment, DTEK said.
Restoring railroad infrastructure in DPR
At the beginning of August, chairperson of DPR people’s committee on budget, finances and economic policy Marina Zheynova said that restoration of Nikitovka-Mayorsk part of the Donetsk railroad located near the contact line near Gorlovka will have a positive effect on the economic situation in DPR.
"To transport cargoes by trucks, it is necessary to go through many checkpoints. Also, the volume of cargoes transported by railroad is significantly bigger. These difficulties will be removed right away. Goods, both food and non-food, will start flowing, and passenger transport will be improved. This is a very good thing," Donetsk News Agency quoted Zheynova as saying.
Zheynova also expressed hope that Ukraine will take part in financing the demining and restoration of the aforementioned part of the railroad.
Contact Group’s sub-group on economic issues discussed prospects of demining and restoring the Nikitovka-Mayorsk part of the Donetsk railroad at a meeting on August 3 in Minsk. OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Ukraine) Special Representative in Ukraine Martin Sajdik said that the schedule for demining and restoring railroad infrastructure will be developed soon. He added that all works will be carried out with participation of all sides, included the Donetsk railroad.