Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Demchyshyn says the government did not take any decision about raising gas price for the population from April 1.
Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn discussed key challenges in the energy sector with Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.
The arrival of the ship with 85,000 tons of coal from South Africa was expected in Ukraine in late January.
The new method of price-formation for natural gas transit through Ukraine, introduced by the Ukrainian national gas regulator since 2016 will increase the tariff on the Russian gas by approximately 50% or even more; talks with Gazprom, however, will be difficult.
Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn predicts power supply problems in Russia-occupied Crimea during the entire 2016.
Ukraine will buy gas from Russia in the first quarter of 2016 only if the price is less than $200 per 1,000 m³.
Resuming coal supplies is only possible after one of the lines powering Crimea is put into operation, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn said.
Three hours are needed to finish repair works at the damaged Kakhovska-Tytan power line in the Kherson region, but the crews are not allowed access to the site.
Energy system of Ukraine is provided with rare sorts of coal for 45-50 days. The calculation has considered supplies from the Republic of South Africa.
Ukrainian traders have replaced oil supplies from the Russian Federation in the amount of 170,000 tons per month by means of alternative sources.
The fuel supplied by Westinghouse is planned to be used in three out of 15 units of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in Ukraine in 2016.
The energy minister is confident that the volume of purchased gas will allow Ukraine to pass through heating season without difficulties.
New heads of Ukraine's Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Science, and Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry are to be introduced within two weeks.
Ukraine intends to import 2.2 billion cubic meters of gas from the Russian Gazprom gas monopoly in the near future.
Every year, more than 2 billion cubic meters of low-cost gas for the population were in fact sold to enterprises at market prices.
Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Demchyshyn sees no reasons to revise gas tariffs for population.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has agreed upon coal export from the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area through the territory of Russia.