Winter is coming: Ukraine will stop selling coal and gas abroad

Ukrainian Zelenskyy prepares to limit energy exports to prepare for winter – In his Tuesday evening address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced plans keep energy prices as low as possible for Ukrainian citizens. Ukraine’s president said he was now taking steps to “prepare for the next heating season”, which he said would be the most difficult since the country’s independence.

“Whatever the occupiers plan for themselves, we must prepare for the coming winter – in our state, on our lands, for all citizens,” Zelenskyy said.

“Issues of purchasing enough gas for the heating season, coal accumulation and power generation were discussed today,” he continued, adding that if the next heating season will be the toughest since gaining independence, “everything is fine.”

“We have to go through this so that our people feel the normal work of the state,” he said.

Zelenskyy explained that his government will no longer sell coal and gas abroad and that all domestic production will be refocused to ensure Ukrainian citizens have access to the fuel they need this winter.

At the same time, however, he said the country will also do its utmost to increase power export capacities, with a view to generating revenue from the sale of energy to neighboring countries. Zelenskyy also said the plan would help reduce European dependence on Russian energy.

Zelenskyy also announced a thermal power plant repair program currently underway, with assistance made available to boiler rooms and power plants that have been damaged or destroyed by Russian strikes in the past three months.

“I want to emphasize that I have set a very specific task for the government to do everything possible to ensure that gas and electricity tariffs do not change in the next heating season,” he said. declared.

How much energy does Ukraine sell?

In 2015, Ukraine produced 670,985 cubic feet of natural gas per year and ranked 36e in the world for gas production, which makes the impact of blocking Ukrainian gas exports minimal on the world market. Ukraine also imported around 43% of its gas in the same year, with the country maintaining similar levels of dependence on foreign gas in recent years.

Coal will be an important fuel for Ukraine this winter. More than 90% of the country’s fossil fuel reserves are coal, with 38 billion short tons of coal reserves in Ukraine in 2019, ranking sixth in the world behind the United States, China, India, Australia and Russia. Coal production was steadily declining before the Russian invasion, although production is likely to increase in the coming months when possible.

With Russian forces controlling 20% ​​of Ukraine, including most of its industrial regions, increasing production is likely to be difficult.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher and journalist based in New York. Reporting from the UK, Europe and the US, it strives to analyze and understand left and right radicalisation, and reports on Western government approaches to pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and offer pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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