By mid-January this year. PGE Group and Węglokoks SA (coal company) imported a total of over 10.7 million tonnes of hard coal to Poland. More than 3 million tonnes more will be imported by the end of April, according to the two companies, responsible for securing imported coal fuel.
The largest importer is PGE Group’s PGE Paliwa, which by mid-January had imported 8 million tonnes of coal into Poland.
– By the end of the heating season, i.e. by April this year, it will be 10 million tonnes. The coal imported by the PGE Group is of high quality and is intended for households, but also for businesses, the heating sector and the power industry, the Group said in a press release.
The second importer, Katowice-based Węglokoks, had imported around 2 million 750 thousand tonnes of coal to Poland by mid-January, and by the end of April this amount will increase by another 1 million 50 thousand tonnes.
– We expect the last ship with contracted coal to arrive in the first half of March,” Węglokoks spokesman Jarosław Latacz told PAP on Thursday.
According to the PGE Group, in Poland imported coal is sorted into the appropriate size fractions: pea, nut or middlings, ensuring the right amount of coal for the needs of all customers, including households. The quality of imported coal is verified each time by independent laboratories.
The import of coal by the two companies controlled by the State Treasury is a result of the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the introduction of an embargo on coal from Russia. Fuel imported from the east has been replaced by sea imports from countries where coal is most similar in parameters to that previously available in Poland.