Poland to establish central thermal coal depot

Present coal reserves exceed 3 million tonnes in mines and about 1 million tonnes in the energy sector, Gawęda said. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

In the coming days Poland will set up a central depot for thermal coal reserves to stock production surplus and avoid stoppages in mines, Deputy Minister of State Assets Adam Gawęda told a Friday press conference.

Gawęda added that the ministry was in talks in the matter with mining and energy companies.

Present coal reserves exceed 3 million tonnes in mines and about 1 million tonnes in the energy sector, Gawęda said. According to him, this is due to high winter temperatures.

The planned facility would be able to store around 1 million tonnes of coal, he added.

Gawęda also said that in 2019 coal imports decreased by nearly 3 million tonnes year on year.

Earlier, the Ministry of State Assets said that from January to September 2019 Poland imported 8 million tonnes of coal from Russia against 12.3 million tonnes in total hard coal imports and domestic extraction at 46 million tonnes.