Ukrainian coal producers reduced production of ordinary coal by 9.1% (1.906 million tonnes) in January-July 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 – to 19.142 million tonnes.
This was reported to Interfax-Ukraine by the Ministry of Energy and the coal industry.
According to the report, coking coal mining fell by 10.4% to 3.621 million tonnes, energy production – by 8.7%, to 15.52 million tonnes.
In July 2018, the production of raw coal increased by 1.2% compared to the same month in 2017 – to 2,644 million tonnes.
Coal-mining companies that have been part of the management of the Ministry of Energy for seven months reduced production by 10.3% to 2,471 million tonnes.
The mines of the Donetsk region for the seven months of this year generated 6,602 million tonnes of coal (-7.7% by January-July 2017), Lugansk – 317,000 tonnes (-79.4%), Dnepropetrovsk – 11,213 million tonnes (- 2%), Lviv – 943.5 thousand tons (+ 11.8%), Volyn – 65.8 thousand tons (-1.9%).
As reported, the extraction of energy and coking coal in Ukraine decreased by 14.6% in 2017 compared to 2016.
In 2016, production increased by 2.8% to 40.864 million tonnes.
To date, as a result of the fighting in the east of the country, Ukraine is experiencing a significant shortage of coal, mainly energy (anthracite), whose extraction is concentrated in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, in areas controlled by militants.