Ukraine Energy Ministry to Propose Emergency State in Energy Sector - Minister

© AP Photo / Sergei ChuzavkovSteam rises from a smokestack at the Trypillya thermal power plant in Ukrainka, about 50 kilometers (31.3 miles) south of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Steam rises from a smokestack at the Trypillya thermal power plant in Ukrainka, about 50 kilometers (31.3 miles) south of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Energy Minister Ihor Nasalik said that Ukrainian Energy Ministry will submit to the Cabinet in the next few hours a draft proposal to introduce a state of emergency in the country's energy sector as reserves of coal for energy-generating power plants may be depleted in up to 45 days.

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KIEV (Sputnik) The Ukrainian Energy Ministry will submit to the Cabinet in the next few hours a draft proposal to introduce a state of emergency in the country's energy sector as reserves of coal for energy-generating power plants may be depleted in up to 45 days, Energy Minister Ihor Nasalik said Monday.

"The ministry will initiate the introduction of the emergency state in in the energy sector, the draft proposal is ready, and we will introduce it in the Cabinet in the next few hours," Nasalik said at a meeting of anti-crisis energy headquarters.

According to Nasalik, Ukrainian energy-generation facilities are currently storing a total of 927,000 metric tons of anthracite coal while daily consumption is running at up to 40,000 tonnes.

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