Business news from Ukraine

ROMANIA APPROVES OPENING OF BORDER CROSSING POINT WITH FERRY COMPLEX, PLANNED INVESTMENTS – EUR 25 MLN

The government of Romania has approved the opening of the Isaccea (Romania)-Orlivka (Ukraine) border crossing point. The respective document signed by Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was published by Deputy Chairman of the Odesa Regional Council Yuriy Dichmohlo. “This is a merit of the joint teamwork of the Infrastructure Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, as well as the Odesa Regional Council and the regional administration,” he said.
According to the document, the Romanian customs office will also be located on the territory of the border crossing point.
As reported, in December 2013, the construction of the Izmail-Tulcea (Romania) and Orlivka-Isaccea (Romania) ferry complexes was included in the concept of the national targeted regional program on the development of the Danube region in Ukraine for 2014-2017.
Ukraine’s Orlivka Ferry Complex LLC and Romania’s MBS-invest with support of English and Cypriot investors plan to launch ferry across the Danube River between Orlivka and Isaccea. Ukraine planned to invest EUR 5 million, and Romania – EUR 20 million. It was planned to create a free economic zone with warehouses and infrastructure apart from the ferry complex.
It is planned that the ferry capacity will be 170,000 passenger cars and trucks a year. The project on the construction of the ferry across the Danube River has been discussed since 1998. The principal agreement on the construction of the ferry between Romania and Ukraine was reached in 2006.

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AGROHOLDING MRIYA TO INCREASE FIELDS WITH SPRING CROPS BY 20% IN 2018

Fields with spring crops of Mriya agroholding this year would expand by almost 21% compared with 2017, to 103,250 ha, the company said on Tuesday. The company said in a press release that this year the sowing campaign was started later than it was planned due to late spring.
“Due to weather, we will have to carry out the spring sowing campaign on a tight schedule. We have adjusted our plans and intentionally increased the share of early grain crops, spring barley and rapeseeds, to 14,200 hectares and 7,500 ha in the structure of the areas planted by Mriya. We also succeeded in promptly contracting additional tillage equipment and seeders, so we hope to complete the sowing of spring crops without falling behind the plan,” Mriya Chief Operation Officer Andriy Hryhorov said.
This spring, the strategic agricultural crops for the holding are sunflower, with 33,500 hectares, corn (14,800 hectares), soybean (24,700 hectares) and sugar beet, the areas under which are doubled compared with last year, to 7,200 ha. Traditionally, peas (356 hectares) and potatoes (660 ha) are also present in the structure of the areas planted by Mriya.
During the sowing campaign 2018 some of the areas the agroholding will be sowed with seeds of its own production, in particular, soybeans.

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UKRAINE TO GET ABOUT $3 BLN IN 2018, 2019 AS REVENUES FROM GAS TRANSIT

Ukraine will receive about $3 billion each in 2018 and 2019 as revenues from natural gas transit, Naftogaz Chief Commercial Officer Yuriy Vitrenko has said.
“The revenues from transit should be at the level of $3 billion each in 2018 and 2019,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
According to the ruling of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Naftogaz should receive money from the transit through Ukraine’s gas transport system of 110 billion cubic meters of Russian gas regardless of actual volumes of transportation. The contracts between Gazprom and Naftogaz for gas supply and transit are valid until the end of 2019.
According to Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev, this is not a classic “take or pay” case, but if Gazprom does not fulfill the contractual volume of transit of 110 billion cubic meters per year, Naftogaz will again file a claim with the arbitration court and will sue the Russian company for non-fulfillment of the terms of the contract.

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AMC PERMITS KOVALSKA GROUP TO GET CONTROL OVER TWO CONCRETE PRODUCERS

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has permitted BAU-Capital LLC belonged to the owners of the Kovalska industrial and construction group to gain control over public joint-stock company Darnytsia Reinforced Concrete Constructions Plant and Beton Service LLC (all based in Kyiv).
The committee said that the regulator permitted the company to buy shares in PJSC Darnytsia Reinforced Concrete Constructions Plant and a stake in the charter capital of Beton Service LLC, granting over 50% of the votes in the management bodies of the two companies.
In January 2018, the committee started hearing a case regarding gaining control by BAU-Capital over the two above-mentioned companies. The case concerns the concentration of the Kovalska industrial and construction group on the concrete mixture market in Ukraine.
BAU-Capital currently has control over PJSC Svitlana Kovalska Reinforced-Concrete Constructions Plant (RCCP), Beton Complex and Avtobudcomplex-K LLC selling readymix concrete under the Concrete from Kovalska trademark.
The Kovalska industrial and construction group was founded in 2006.

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