Ukraine imported 1.8 million tonnes of coal in January, rising 10% from a year ago, customs data showed.
The country took 1.3 million tonnes of coal from Russia last month, accounting for 72% of the total imports; intakes from the U.S. stood at about 300,000 tonnes, 16.5% of the total; and shipments from Kazakhstan were 160,000 tonnes, 9% of the total.
Ukraine government has called on to increase coal imports to ensure stable electricity supply, as lower imports last year led to noticeable decline in stocks of coal used for power generation during the past winter heating season, which has hammered coal-fired power capacity.
It was reported that two coal-fired power plants were closed in the last 20 days.
The country's coal imports were down significantly by 19.5% year on year to 16.9 million tonnes in 2020, data showed.
In December last year, Ukraine lengthened 65% duty on coal imports from its top source Russia until the end of 2021.
However, coking coal, which is also in shortage in the country, is excluded in the duty, but the January coking coal and coal concentrate imports reached 770,000 tonnes, still surging 15% year on year.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Alex Guo)
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