Kyiv, June 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Boiko and Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz have discussed the possibility of exporting Ukrainian electric power.
“The parties discussed the development of partnership in the energy sector, possibility in supplying Ukrainian electricity to Turkey,” the ministry reported, referring to a meeting of the ministers during the Saint Petersburg international economic forum on June 21.
As reported, the possibility of exporting Ukrainian electrical energy to Turkey was discussed in March 2011 at a meeting of the premiers of both countries. The parties agreed to study this issue in detail. Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov said the completion of the building of third and fourth blocks of the Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant would increase the export potential of the Ukrainian electricity.
Ukraine and Turkey do not have common land borders. The export of the Ukrainian electricity to Turkey is possible via the networks of the energy systems of Romania and Bulgaria, or Russia and Georgia.
Ukraine for several years has been attempting to settle the issue of supplies of its electrical energy to Lithuania, with which it does not have common borders, but has so far been unsuccessful because of the unwillingness of Belarus to provide transit.
As reported, in 2011 Ukraine boosted exports of electrical power by 52.5% year-over-year, to 6.433 billion kW hours. The supplies of the electric power from Burshtyn Thermal Power Station to Hungary, Slovakia and Romania grew by 2.6 times, to 3.91 billion kW hours.
The main exporter of the Ukrainian electric power since 2011 has been the DTEK private power holding, whose companies exported 5.092 billion kW hours. Ukrinterenergo state-run enterprise also delivered Ukrainian electric power in 2011. It supplied 1.341 billion kW hours to Belarus.
In the first five months of 2012, Ukraine made commercial supplies of the electric power to all bordering countries (Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus and Moldova) in addition to Russia. The volume of the export supplies in January-March this year totaled 3.441 billion kW hours.
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