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Citing the source, Interfax reported that electricity supplied from the ‘energy island’ of Burshtynska thermal power plant (TPP) to Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania increased by 160 percent to 3.091 billion kilowatt hours in 2011. The significant increase was the result of the almost total absence of commercial exports to these destinations in March-September 2010, Interfax wrote citing the Energy Ministry source.

Poland imported 59.6 million kilowatt hours of Ukrainian electricity in 2011 compared to no imports in 2010, Interfax reported. Vostokenergo, a part of the dominant DTEK energy holding, started exports to Poland on October 17, 2011. Electricity was not supplied to Poland in December 2011. Owned by Ukraine’s richest man Rinat Akhmetov, DTEK controls much of Ukraine’s electricity generation and exports.

Interfax reported that Belarus imported 2.562 billion kilowatt hours from Ukraine in the 12 months, down 12.9 percent from 2010. The decrease in Ukrainian electricity supply to Belarus was the result of a halt to exports in May-June 2011 since Belarus did not have enough forex resources for paying for imports, Interfax said adding that supply was restarted in July.

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