Ukraine is planning to make all thermoelectric power plants run on coal, which will save about 6 billion cubic meters of gas per year. This was announced by the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry, Yuriy Boiko, the press-service of the ministry reported.

"We will transfer all of our TPPs to coal. This will take about a year, but we have already begun this work," he said, UKRINFORM reported.

The Minister noted that implementation of this program takes adoption of a law allowing privatization of thermal power stations and their granting on lease. "Once the law is adopted on their withdrawal from the list of objects that are not subject to privatization, we'll subject them for concession or privatization. But only on condition of transfer to the water-coal technology," he said.

Boiko noted that Ukraine is negotiating with Chinese partners the introduction of appropriate technology. "We are currently developing this technology together with our Chinese partners. It will give us savings of about 6 billion cubic meters of gas a year," the minister added.

As reported, coal production in Ukraine in 2011 reached a record high, having increased by 8.8% to 81.8 million tons.

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