Four Ukraine's largest thermal power plants cease operating

"The government of Ukraine decided to stop the largest thermal power plants of the country – the Trypolskaya, the Zmievskaya, the Pridneprovskaya and the Krivorozhskaya," wrote executive director of Ukrenergo Vsevolod Kovalchuk in Facebook.

Recently the press service of the country's Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry's press service reported on the stop of the Pridneprovskaya and the Tripolskaya thermal power plants. The main reason for the closure of TPPs the officials called the completion of the heating season and the need to save anthracite. For the same reasons, the Zmievskaya and the Krivorozhskaya TPPs are to be stopped, Kovalchuk stated.

"These stations are also technologically ready to stop the generation of electricity." On April 6, the Zmievskaya TPP is scheduled to stop, tentatively on April 11 (after the end of the heating season in the region) – the Krivorozhskaya TPP," said the head of Ukrenergo.

The shortage in anthracite reserves is due to a blockade of energy coal supplies from the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donbass.

In late December 2016, a so-called Ukrainian volunteer fighters group declared a trade and economic blockade of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). The blockade resulted in disruptions in anthracite shipments from Donbass territories, not controlled by Kiev, which forced the government to introduce a state of emergency in the energy sector, informs Sputnik.

DONi News Agency