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Fourth ship with coal from South Africa for DTEK's TPPs arrives in Ukraine

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The fourth vessel with 75,000 tonnes of anthracite from South Africa for Prydniprovska and Kryvy Rih thermal power plants (TPPs) of DTEK Energo has arrived in the Yuzhny seaport, the company's press service reported.

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"Bulker Semiramis delivered 75,000 tonnes of South African anthracite to Ukraine. After unloading in the Yuzhny port coal will be sent to warehouses of Prydniprovska and Kryvy Rih TPPs and the plants will have coal to operate in autumn and winter," the company said.

The press service said that in August 2017, DTEK launched these plants to maintain power supplies in the country in the summer power consumption peak. Generation by anthracite-burning TPPs of DTEK soared almost 2.5-fold compared to July 2016, to 564 million kWh. The plants totally burnt around 10,000 tonnes of coal a day.

"We are waiting for one more bulker with 75,000 tonnes next week. After the loss of our anthracite coalmines and the increase of the burden on gas coal, we had to import coal. However, this is a temporary decision for our company," DTEK Energo Commercial Director Vitaliy Butenko said.

Thus, DTEK has imported 300,000 tonnes of anthracite from South Africa.

The first vessel with 75,000 tonnes of anthracite arrived to Ukraine on May 25, the second on July 23, the third on August 14. The company contracted a total of 675,000 tonnes of coal in South Africa.

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