Referring to the data of the Industrial Development Agency, the newspaper notes, that “coal prices for the Polish energy sector increased year-on-year 2022 r. o 100 proc., and for district heating even by 200 proc.”. “Such increases are accompanied by a decrease in hard coal extraction and record imports. The Polish mining industry is not keeping up with the market dynamics of prices and changes in demand” – I'm writing “Rz”.
According to the log “the value of the Polish index of coal prices for the energy sector in December last year 535,13 PLN per ton”.
Compared to December 2021 r. this amount is higher by approx. 100 proc. In turn, the coal index for the heating sector reached the value in December last year 1193,24 PLN per ton. That's okay. 200 proc. more than in December 2021 r. Simultaneously, according to the data of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, from the beginning of the year to the end of December 2022 r. Total imported approx. 19,4 million tons of hard coal. The Ministry of State Assets adds, that 15,7 million tons of thermal coal – we read.
The newspaper says, that Jerzy Markowski, former deputy minister of industry and trade responsible for mining, “explains, that within 2022 r. imported raw material was purchased at a price 350-380 dol. per ton”.
– Everyone, who could, imported raw material. W 2022 r. we imported several million tons of steam coal, which cost us 20 PLN billion. As a result, we have large amounts of expensive coal, which at the price of 2022 r. no one wants to buy now. So we sell it a bit cheaper, but still at much higher prices, than they are now. Heating plants relied more heavily on imported coal, hence such a large increase for this type of establishments – explains Markowski.
The newspaper adds, that “MAP data seem to confirm this thesis”. “49,1 proc. of imported thermal coal went to the needs of the professional power industry (combined heat and power plants) and industrial, and to professional and non-professional heating plants 11,2 proc.” – gives.
About that, that the government will bet on domestic resources, said, among others. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in the middle of last year. – There are countries like Germany, Austria, and even the Netherlands, which, on the basis of contingency plans, return to coal energy. We have maintained our coal energy. We want to increase domestic coal production. This is necessary from the perspective of winter protection, in autumn – said at the EU Summit on. Europe's energy security.