The Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) and the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine on Aug. 5 signed a joint statement on comprehensive cooperation in the energy sector to strengthen Ukraine's energy independence.
Japan and Ukraine confirmed Tuesday their cooperation on improving the energy situation in the East European country that worsened following the crisis in Ukraine’s Crimea region.
Japan’s Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is visiting Kiev, and Ukraine’s Energy Minister, Yuriy Prodan, signed a joint declaration featuring a plan to send Japanese engineers to Ukraine to boost thermal power generation there.
The two countries will compile a report on the situation of aging coal-fired thermal power plants in Ukraine — three-fourths of which are 40 years or older — by next March and propose measures to achieve more efficiency in the facilities’ operations.
A Japanese business delegation, which is accompanying Motegi to Kiev, attended a seminar on coal-fired power generation in a bid to expand Japanese firms’ infrastructure exports.