Most of the coal recently imported from abroad is of poor quality; Despite the large amount of imported raw material, the Polish market will lack about 2.5-3 million tons of heating coal – estimates Dominik Kolorz, the head of the Silesian-Dąbrowski Solidarity movement.
“We should tell people openly and directly that this year there will be a problem with heating for all those who use – especially in individual heating – coal, because there will be no such coal; even in spite of the millions of tons that go to Poland somewhere, ”the unionist said in a Wednesday interview on Radio Em in Katowice.
On Tuesday, the minister of climate and the environment, Anna Moskwa informed that companies importing coal at the request of the prime minister – PGE Paliwa and Węglokoks – already in 80 percent. made the decision on this year’s import, as a result of which 5 million tons of raw material ready for combustion will be delivered to Poland. Coal comes from, among others from Colombia, Australia, Indonesia and South Africa.
In the opinion of Dominik Kolorz, most of the coal currently imported is not suitable for use in households.
“Unfortunately, this contracting is unsuccessful and you have to be honest about that. We will soon have a situation where 12 million tons of coal will be found in Poland, but most of it will be of poor quality; If it is possible to obtain 1.5 million tons of heating coal from this fine coal, it will be a huge success. Within 2.5-3 million tons of coal, there will simply be no more “- assessed the leader of Śląsko-Dąbrowska” S “.
“Warsaw does not distinguish between coal and coal; black is black for them. Coal from Indonesia is clay that sometimes has a lump of coal in it. The costs of sifting such coal are very high, ”explained Kolorz, pointing out that due to the introduction of the embargo on Russian coal, state-owned companies should already contract coal in April, mainly in Colombia and South Africa, where there is a raw material suitable for combustion in Polish furnaces.
In Kolorz’s opinion, currently importing a large amount of fine coal, which is not suitable for the market of individual consumers, threatens with an oversupply of coal for the power industry in spring next year. “The question is who is this expensive coal for almost 1.5 thousand zlotys?” PLN in Polish power plants will be burned ”- said the unionist, according to whom the importers are already thinking about exporting the imported coal dust to limit the losses incurred.
Dominik Kolorz considered the recent increases in coal prices for individual consumers, introduced by Polska Grupa Górnicza, “largely unjustified”. In his opinion, the explanation that the price of heating coal increased by nearly 50 percent during the month is unconvincing. it results from the necessity to obtain funds for investments.
“The margin on heating coal is already too high and these prices are, in my opinion, too high (…). Those that were before the increase were real, this coal was also used to make money, ”said the trade unionist, pointing out that greater revenues should be sought not in households, but in the energy sector. He stressed that even if coal for the energy sector would increase by 50-60% next year, the cost of producing energy from coal would still be at a low level.
Kolorz reminded that currently the cost of producing one megawatt hour of energy from coal, including taxes and ETS costs, is less than PLN 650, and after a possible increase in coal prices for the power industry, energy should cost about PLN 750. “Let the energy companies also take on the crisis issues,” said the head of the regional “S”.
Referring to the protest ambulance announced a week ago by Solidarity in Silesia, Kolorz recalled that the union postulates, inter alia, abolition of the so-called an exchange obligation, i.e. an obligation to sell energy through the exchange. According to trade unionists, this would reduce energy prices by 50 percent. Another request concerns the suspension of the EU’s CO2 Emissions Trading System (ETS). According to Kolorz, if the European Commission does not accept it, Poland could consider a unilateral suspension of the ECJ.
Śląsko-Dąbrowska “S” waits for the government’s reaction to its demands until mid-October. Earlier, a meeting of the National Committee of the union is planned. “Perhaps what we initiated in Silesia will be reflected in some part also in other regions of the country, and perhaps in the whole country,” Dominik Kolorz announced on Radio Em on Wednesday.