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September 30, 2022

Some 8,500 miners return to work, coal deliveries remain low

Approx. 8,500 employees of Oltenia National Lignite Company (SNLO) return today to work from their winter holiday, in the conditions in which the coal deliveries remain rather low for this period, the general manager Daniel Burlan declared on Sunday, Mediafax informs. According to him, SNLO has today in its storehouses over 500,000 tons of coal, the volume of the stocks being on the eve of Christmas of around 670,000 tons. Burlan says that the coal deliveries were below the expectations of the Lignite Company. “Rovinari Energy Complex has not taken even one ton in this period, while those from Turceni requested around 4-6,000 tons per day, which is very little. Even those from RAAN Drobeta Turnu Severin have not taken coal in this period, while to CET Govora we begin to deliver coal only now,” Burlan said.

SNLO general manager says that the company has a production estimated at 14 M tons of coal, at the level of the past year, in the conditions in which the production estimated in 2009 was 18 M tons, and the deliveries were much below those which were planned.

The miners from Oltenia were in 2009 on compulsory holiday and in technical unemployment, around 450 being laid off upon request. SNLO employees interrupted work on the eve of Christmas, on the occasion of the winter holidays, but did not return to work on January 4, they remained in compulsory holiday at home for one week, because of the low demand of coal.

General manager Daniel Burlan believes that the respective situation could have been avoided if SNLO were included so far in an energy company in which the thermal stations which benefit from its coal would be also included.

On another hand, according to the latest data of the National Employment Agency, unemployment rate in December 2009 reached 7.8 per cent, the total number of unemployed rising to almost 710,000, Romania Libera informs. Thus, Romania is drawing close to the IMF predictions, which estimated the number of unemployed to over one million persons in 2010. In 2009, according to the statistics of the National Institute of Statistics, most of the almost 330,000 persons laid off came from the private sector, and only six per cent from the state sector. The economic analyst Ilie Serbanescu said that “in 2010 the state sector will not be protected any longer by the state,” and the first targeted to be laid off will be most probably the civil servants and the teachers.

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