“Speaking of using coal instead of gas, when gas costs $416 [per 1,000 cubic meters] as it does now, coal use is appropriate and economically justified. But if the gas price goes down and will be, for instance, $220, then using coal as opposed to gas will be inefficient,” Interfax-Ukraine quoted the prime minister as saying.
Ukraine has set the task of seriously cutting the consumption of expensive Russian natural gas in 2012. Already a meeting has been held to decide who will be in charge of what, “and the work got under way in full swing,” Azarov added.
In 2010-2011, the government was seriously focusing on coal industry development, and in 2011 Ukraine reached a coal surplus of 5 million tons.