You really couldn't make this stuff up. Look at the figures in the last para, there is an awful lot of 'commission' in that.
President of Ukraine Poroshenko declared the latest "achievement" - Ukraine has proved to the whole world that it can do without Russian gas. The Ukrainian president posted this on the presidential website.
"The energy independence of our state is settled. In 2016, we were just learning to live without Russian gas, and today we have proved to the whole world that we are able to live (without Russian gas. "- Ed.). And gas ceased to be a political factor and began to be an ordinary commodity, "Poroshenko said.
He also commented on the arrival of the first American shipload of coal.
"And no one else has the chance to blackmail us after the first American ship (with coal arrived in Ukraine - yesterday) yesterday, as per the implementation of my agreements with the President of the United States Donald Trump about the energy security of our state," he summed up.
Recall that the Prime Minister of Ukraine Groisman spoke of the plans to buy coal in the US in March. Later, Plachkov, the ex-Minister of Energy of Ukraine and chairman of the power company Kyivenergo said that Ukraine badly needs coal of anthracite grades for the country's power plants, which can be covered by imports in amounts up to 5-7 million tons.
As a result of his stay in the US, Poroshenko not only agreed on the supply of coal, but also that American companies will take part in the privatization of the Ukrainian energy sector.
In July, the US determined the price per tonne of coal for Ukraine. It will be $ 206. [In 2014, Ukraine got Donbass coal for $85 - Tr]
Kiev, despite the extremely high prices, bought more coal for January, February and March than for the whole last year. In contrast it is noteworthy that, the US reduced the price for Norway. In Oslo, coal comes in at a price of $ 125 per ton. In 2016, it cost 140 dollars for Norwegians. In the same 2016, Washington sold coal to Ukraine for only $ 71. In the same month, Ukraine agreed on a ruinous contract for American coal.
Also interesting, Ukraine by renovating their gas pipeline system seem to think that Russia will still be pumping post 2019.
Siemens stoped equipment shipments for Ukraine's gas transportation system due to pressure of Russia. Being pressed by Russia, Siemens has reportedly refused to continue shipments of equipment for the modernization of the Ukrainian gas transportation system (GTS), CEO of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine Andriy Kobolev has said.
"The first batch of compressors was supplied. These were compressors from Siemens, but then Siemens called and said that if they brought more, they would lose the Russian market," Kobolev announced at the 14th annual YES conference in Kyiv on Friday, September 15.
He said Ukraine had to negotiate new supplies with General Electric.
Kobolev did not give details at Interfax-Ukraine's request to specify when exactly it had happened, advising to address this issue to the company's press service. "Such a situation did take place," he reiterated without specifying other details. He also said that for the modernization of Ukraine's GTS, it is necessary to evaluate prospects for transit supplies of Russian gas after Ukraine's contract with Gazprom expires in 2019. Thus, he once again stressed the need to oppose the Russian Nord Stream 2 project as a politically motivated one.
He cited the example of the South Stream project, proposed by Russia, which, in connection with its approval by Turkey, means the loss of the southern branch of the Ukrainian GTS.