The Yuzhny port is expected to handle the coal that the Centrenergo power company contracted to buy from the United States. This was announced by Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Natalia Boiko.

"The first vessel from the United States with a volume of 85,000 tons is expected to be received at the Yuzhny port in early September," she wrote on her Facebook page.

As reported earlier, Centrenergo has concluded an agreement with Xcoal Energy & Resources (United States) for supply of about 700,000 tons of anthracite coal to Ukraine by the end of 2017.

In addition to the consignment of 85,000 tons, a second consignment of 125,000 tons is expected at the end of September.

The Yuzhny port confirmed to the CFTS portal that it was expecting to receive vessels from the United States carrying coal intended for the Centrenergo company. However, it did not provide specific date or volumes of coal supplies.

Meanwhile, the DTEK company has already delivered 150,000 tons of anthracite from South Africa in 2017. The second bulk carrier carrying South African coal was unloaded at the Yuzhny port on July 25. The coal was intended for the Prydniprovska and Kryvyi Rih thermal power plants. Another shipment of coal from South Africa intended for DTEK’s thermal power plants should arrive in Ukraine in the first half of August.

The DTEK company contracted to purchase 675,000 tons of coal from South Africa in 2017, with the possibility of increasing the volume to 1 million tons.