II International Coal Conference
«TRENDS AND PROSPECTS OF COAL PRODUCTION AND USAGE IN UKRAINE AND GLOBALLY»
PROGRAMME AND AVAILABLE MATERIALS
- A Tour of Recent Developments in EU Climate and Energy Policy: the Implications for Coal and Lignite - Brian Riсketts,Secretary General, European Association for Coal and Lignite (EURACOAL)
- Sustainable Development of DTEK's Coal Mining Sector as the Basis for Ukraine's Energy Security - Mykhailo Barabash,Coal Production Director, DTEK Energy
- EC Coal Regions in Transition Initiative - Alexandra Tomczak, Policy Coordinator, EU Coal, Retail Electricity and Gas Markets; DG Energy, European Commission
- Potential Areas and Measures for Ukraine's Coal Industry Reform and Development - Maksym Fedotov, General Director, Fossil Fuels Directorate, Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine
- Coal mining with excavating through high-amplitude fault zones - Gennadiy Pivnyak, Rector, National Mining University, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- Scenarios for coal sector development in Ukraine in the context of integration of EU and Ukraine’s energy markets - Torsten Woellert, Team Leader, Energy and Environment, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission
- Innovative Technologies for Integrated Coalfield Development in Ukraine - Anatoly Bulat, Director, M. S. Polyakov Institute of Geotechnical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Support of the Ukrainian Energy Sector - Wolfgang Moessinger,Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Section 1. Prospects of the Ukrainian Coal Industry
- Role of Governmental Institutions in Creating Supportive Environment for Efficient Operation of Coal Enterprises - Ivan Plachkov, President of the Ukrainian Energy Assembly
- Current Challenges in Staffing Management. DTEK Energy Experience - Olena Semych, HR Director, DTEK Energy
- Prospects of the Ukrainian Coal Sector Viewed Through the Prism of the Machine Building Industry - Yakiv Sidlyarenko, General Director, Corum Group
- System for Certification of Mineral Resources (CERA) (part 1; Part 2) - Ulrich Ruppel,Director, DMT Consulting GmbH (Germany)
- Prevention of Methane Explosions in Coal Mines - Serhiy Smolanov, Head, State Paramilitary Mine Rescue Service of Ukraine
- Selective Mining Technique for Thin Coal Seams - Volodymyr Bondarenko, Professor, Dr. Sci. Eng., Head, Department of Underground Development, National Mining University
- New Opportunities for Upgrading Coal Enterprises - Yevhen Bushma, Director, DTEK ESCO
- Stability of Permanent Roadways in Deep Coal Mines - Oleksandr Shashenko, Professor, Dr. Sci. Eng., Pro-rector, National Mining University
- Methane Drainage and Utilisation in Polish Hard Coal Mines - Zbigniew Lubosik, Deputy General Director, GIG (Poland)
- Alternative Energy Sources for Coal Industry - Vyacheslav Krasnik, Professor, Dr. Sci. Eng, General Director, R&D Centre "VuhleInnovatsiia"
- Coal Processing as an Important Element of Ukraine's Energy Sector - Serhiy Antonenko, Head of the Coal Processing Department, DTEK Energy
- Operational Improvements in the Coal Industry: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - Oleksandr Lyadetsky, Head of the Operational Improvement Department, DTEK Energy
- Preliminary Degassing of Coal Seams for Improving Safety and Productivity - Maksim Shishov, Head of Technical Development Department, DTEK Energy
- Principles of Coal Pricing and Market Formation in Ukraine - Maksim Nemchinov, Expert
- Improving the Mining Technique for Thin Coal Seams by introducing 4.0 equipment and technology (Polish experience) -
Dr. Inż. Jerży Kicki,Head of the Board of Foundation for AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland);
Michal Myszkowski, Caterpillar Global Mining Europe (Germany)
Section 2. United Energy System of Ukraine
- Coal Industry in the Context of Ukraine's Energy Strategy - Volodymyr Omelchenko, Director, Energy Programmes, Razumkov Centre
- Сonverting of Generating Units from A and T Coal Grades to G, D, DG Coal Grades - Serhiy Degtyarenko,Director, DTEK Prydniprovska TPP
- Prospects for TPP Operation in the Context of Environmental Requirements - Iryna Verbits’ka, Head, Environmental Safety Department, DTEK Energy
- Areas for Restructuring and Upgrading of Ukraine's Energy Sector - Ihor Karp, Director, Gas Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- Present Status of the German Power Sector - Carsten Drebenstedt, Freiberg Mining Academy (Germany)
- Polish Experience in Mitigation of Environmental Hazards in Mining Areas - Jan Bondaruk, Deputy General for Environmental Engineering, GIG (Poland)
- Coal-fired Power Generation: Threats and Prospects - Natalya Dunaievs’ka, Institute of Coal Energy Technologies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- The energy systems in Ukraine and in the EU in 2025: looking back from the future on Energy Business Transformation (Ukr version) - Аnna Zvolikevych, DTEK Representative in Brussels
- Role and Place of Coal-Fired TPPs in the New Energy Market - Oleksandr Gusyev, Manager, Regulatory Policy Department, DTEK
Section 3. Social and Economic Problems of Coal Regions
- Present Status of Ukraine's Coal Industry - Victor Turmanov, Chairman, Trade Union of Coal Industry Workers of Ukraine
- Priority of Domestic Coal in Thermal Power Generation and Public Utilities Sector and Social Aspects - Natalya Levyts’ka, Vice-President, European Regional Council of International Trade Union Confederation
- Establishing Power Hubs in Mining Regions - Oleksandr Amosha, Academician, Institute of Industrial Economics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- UK Support of the Ukrainian Energy Sector Reform and Coal Sector Restructuring (British experience of mine closures) - Cathy Cottrell,1st Secretary, Energy Policy and Head of Commercial Section, UK Embassy
- Social Partnership Projects of DTEK Energy - Vikroriya Hryb, Head of the Social Development Department, DTEK Energy
- Electric Heating as an Alternative to Coal Boiler Houses in Mining Regions - Ihor Maslov,Head of the Strategic Projects Office, DTEK Energy
- Environmental aspects of the closure of coal mines - Oleksandr Seliverstov, Acting General Director, United Company "Ukrvuhlerestrukturyzatsia"
- Synthesis Gas Production in Closed Coal Mines - Roman Dychkovskyi, Professor, Dr. Sci. Eng., National Mining University
- Utilities in Crisis: humanitarian and environmental aspects of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine (Ukr version) - Mark Buttle, Coordinator, WASH Cluster (UNICEF)
Section 4. Technological Potential of the Energy Sector and Sustainable Development of Coal-Mining Regions
- Geotechnologies for Using the Resource of Abandoned Mines - Ivan Sadovenko, Professor, Dr. Sci. Eng., National Mining University
- “Rotterdam+» Pricing - Serhiy Sapegin, Chairman of the Economic Competition Development Committee at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Director,Psychea R&D Centre «Psikheia»
- Industrial Park «Pavlohrad» - Oleksandr Kolomiytsev, General Director, Industrial Park 'Pavlograd'
- Potential Role of Brown Coal in the National Energy Balance (mining and processing of brown coal as a way to resolve social and economic problems) - Boris Sobko, Professor, Dr. Sci. Eng., Chairman, Department of Open-Cut Mining, the National Mining University
- Modern Trends in Construction of Vertical Shafts - Victor Levit, Dr. Sci. Eng., Board Chairman, Mine Contracting Company Donetskshakhtoprokhidka
- Global Trends in the Energy Industry - Olena Nagorna, Strategy Manager, DTEK
- Application of Sinchro-Mining at a Coal Mine Planned for Closure - Natalia Khozaikina, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Construction, Geotechnics and Geomechanics, National Mining University
- From Synchro-Mining to Competitive Dnipro Region - Volodymyr Titov, NGO “Centre for Economic Integration and Sustainable Development»
- Increasing Electricity Generation and Reducing Environmental Footprint by Firing Advanced Beneficiation Coal at TPPs - Peter Pilov, Professor, Dr. Sci. Eng., National Mining University
- Energy Security as Part of Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation - Kazimierz Pająk, Professor, Poznań University of Economics and Business; Oleksiy Kvilinsky, Doctor, President, Institute for Development of International Cooperation ( Poland)
Prospects for Application of Nanotechnologies for Development of Gas Hydrate Fields - Katerina Say, PhD, Department of Open-Cut Mining, National Mining University
Organisation and Economic Mechanism for Development of High-Tech Production - Sergiy Kravchenko, Vice-President, Institute for Development of International Cooperation ( Poland) PhD, Associate Professor, Professor at the Department of Economics of Enterprise, Donetsk National Technical University
Utilisation of Production Capacities of Ukrainian Mines - Oleksandr Krut, Dr. Sci. Eng., Director, Ukr SRI Design
Current trends in the development of world energy markets - Pankova, Donetsk National Technical University, Department of Economics of Enterprise, PhD
Low-emission non-waste way of coal power engineering development - Ihor Volchyn, Dr.Sci. Eng., Vice-director for scientific work, Institute of Coal Energy Technologies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Ukraine has been pursuing a strategic objective of attaining energy independence. This objective envisages the following efforts: building up the resource potential and ramping up the production of energy resources; diversification of supply sources and routes; technological modernization of the industry’s key undertakings; major reduction of the imported energy resources, etc.
The reliable operation of the Ukrainian energy system will remain the key priority for the industry in the situation where it is important to ensure stable supply of energy resources, transition from regulated tariffs to market prices on the electricity market, and integration of the United Energy System of Ukraine with the system of the Continental Europe (ENTSO-E).
Coal is indispensable to guaranteeing energy security as the Ukrainian Energy Strategy 2035 envisages that the thermal generation will maintain its place in balancing the operation of the Ukrainian energy system.
It is expected that in 2025 the load of the thermal generation based on fossil fuel will remain on relatively same level as in 2016-2017. Considering the loss of anthracite assets, Ukraine will have to reduce the consumption of A-grade coal while increasing the consumption of G-grade coal in the nearest few years. This aim will be achieved by converting the generating units from anthracite to steam coal grades. For instance, in 2017 the following generating units were converted to steam coal: Zmiivs’ka TPP - two 150 MW units; Prydniprovs’ka TPP - two 150 MW units. In 2018-2019, the following units are to be converted to steam coal: Trypil’s’ka TPP: two 300 MW units in 2018; Zmiivs’ka TPP: two 150 MW units in 2018, and two 150 MW units in 2019; Prydniprovs’ka TPP: two 150 MW units in 2018, and one 300 MW unit in 2019; Kryvoriz’ka TPP: two 282 MW units in 2019-2020.
The conference participants agreed that the Ukrainian coal mining sector requires restructuring, modernization, and development. In the recent years, Ukraine has faced numerous new problems and critical challenges caused by military aggression and temporarily occupation of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which first resulted in interruptions and then led to the complete cease of the supply of domestically produced anthracite coal. Alongside considerable expenditures and the need for a solution to social and environmental issues, this factor constrains the reform of the Ukrainian coal sector, which will be possible only if large-scale international technical, expert and financial assistance is provided.
In particular, the conference participants expressed their concern about coal mine drainage at the mines located on the temporary occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that had been shut down before 2014 and mothballed in the following years. The situation calls for an intervention of international organizations to prevent severe environmental risks.
In addition, the approval of a package of decisions ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement, which is expected at the end of 2018 during the Climate Change Conference (COP-24) in Katowice, will be of a growing importance for coal mining and coal-based generation. Poland as a hosting party plans to present the experience and financial mechanisms capable of securing a balance between the restructuring of the coal sector, introduction of clean coal technologies, and attaining the objective of preventing irreparable adverse impact of industrial operations on climate. This is why the contribution of scientific developments and the outcome of research focused on the practical application in the industry plays a key role in achieving the objectives of the Ukrainian Energy Strategy 2035 and fulfilling international commitments of Ukraine.
The cooperation with the EU plays a significant role in the transformation of the energy sector of Ukraine, in particular, by adopting and monitoring the implementation of the Annual Work Plans under the Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Energy Partnership between Ukraine and the European Union together with the European Atomic Energy Community. The participants welcomed the fact that the II International Coal Conference has been included into the Annual Work Plan 2018, especially bearing in mind that retaining this topic in the Annual Work Plans should be needed until whole complex of issues related to the transformation of the coal regions, transition to the clean technologies, resolving environmental issues and strengthening the sustainable development mechanisms would be settled successfully.
Presently, Ukraine and the EU are discussing the possibility and format of Ukraine’s joining the initiative of the Energy Union. This initiative focuses on innovations and more active involvement of stakeholders at regional level in the attainment of the objectives of the EU policies in the areas of energy and climate change. The package of measures ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ aimed at providing the legislative framework was a step towards the creation of the Energy Union and served as a basis for the introduction of the Coal Regions in Transition Platform (CRiTP) in December 2017. The participants discussed in details the existing situation and objectives pursued by the Platform and came to conclusion that the involvement of the Ukrainian party and industry in this initiative as observers are highly needed.
Among potential further steps towards the modernization of Ukraine’s coal and energy sectors, international and local experts of the conference concluded that successful implementation of the Action Plan of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine on the restructuring of the coal sector requires a more fruitful, transparent and coordinated cooperation between the Ministry, regional and local authorities, trade unions, NGOs, scientists, and business. In particular, this envisages the efforts to be made by the Ministry towards the engagement in the CRiTP, including the implementation of the modern experience of restructuring and introduction of clean technologies in coal regions that are the most suitable for the situation in Ukraine.