Business news from Ukraine


Ukraine in January-March 2020 increased its electricity exports by 33% or 548.9 million kWh year-over-year, to 2.211 billion kWh, the Energy and Environmental Protection Ministry of Ukraine has told Interfax-Ukraine.
Electricity supplies from the Burshtyn TPP energy island to Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania rose by 57.9%, to 1.622 billion kWh.
Exports to Poland grew by 11.9%, to 459.2 million kWh.
Exports to Moldova fell by 42.1%, to 130.3 million kWh.
Ukrainian electricity was not exported to Belarus or Russia in 2018 or 2019.
Ukraine imported 1.554 billion kWh of electricity in January-March 2020, including 909 million kWh from Slovakia, 371.8 million kWh from Hungary, 149.6 million kWh from Belarus, 70.2 million kWh from Romania, and 53.4 million kWh from the Russian Federation.
Due to crossflows related to the parallel work of the Integrated Power System (IPS) in Ukraine and systems in bordering countries (accounted for under contracts signed by Energomarket), Ukraine imported 14.5 million kWh of energy from Russia and 200,000 kWh from Belarus.

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JSC Mykolaivoblenergo has concluded an agreement with Mykolaiv-based Svitlolux-Elektromontazh LLC on modernization of the substation Maryivka 150/35/10 kV (Bashtansky district, Mykolaiv region) to connect it to a solar power plant of Nick Solar LLC with a capacity of 10 MW.
According to ProZorro, the agreement worth UAH 4.9 million (including VAT) was signed on June 20, 2019.
According to the Single Register of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs, Nick Solar belongs to Cyprus-based Nicken Holdings LTD, which was owned by founders of investment company ICU Makar Paseniuk and Kostiantyn Stetsenko until 2019.
According to the law firm Sayenko Kharenko, which was a legal counselor of the U.S. VR Capital Group during the purchase of a 50% stake in Nicken Holdings LTD from ICU, Nicken Holdings owns 11 Ukrainian engineering companies which are constructing 11 solar power plants in Mykolaiv region with a total capacity of 127 MW.
VR Capital jointly with ICU built a 64 MW solar power plant near Kamianets-Podilsky (Khmelnytsky region). They are also finishing a 35 MW solar power plant project in Kherson region.
VR Capital Group President Richard Deitz through Cyprus-based Wiltan Enterprises Limited owns also Sunvin 12 and Sunvin 14 LLCs which in 2019 put into operation solar power plants with the capacities of 15.6 MW and 13 MW in Kirovohrad region.

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National Energy Company Ukrenergo has announced the launch of test transaction on the sale and purchase of electricity on the balancing market and the auxiliary service market from December 11, 2018 in line with the terms outlined in the law on the electricity market.
“Please look: exactly on the day stipulated by law, we launched a platform to simulate trading on the balancing market in real time, a period of 15 minutes. Everything is real, only without payments among market players,” Ukrenergo CEO Vsevolod Kovalchuk said, commenting on this event on his page in the Facebook social network.
Ukrenergo said that the first training module was attended by more than 40 representatives of power generation companies, including the largest Ukrainian electricity producers: National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom, DTEK Energo, Centrenergo, Ukrhydroenergo and Donbasenergo.
The company said in a press release that market players familiarized themselves with the principles of the test platform, the algorithms of operations in the balancing market and the market of auxiliary services in real time, the mechanisms of communication and interaction between market players and the system operator and other things.
“All potential players of the balancing market and the market of auxiliary services will receive logins and passwords (keys) for access to the test platform and will be able to independently test it. After that, we will meet with market players to discuss issues related to the operation of the test platform,” Ukrenergo Deputy Director for Market Development and IT Andriy Nemyrovsky said.
Kovalchuk called information manipulation the objections in his posting that the presented platform is a “dummy,” and not a real system in which the bidding will be carried out.
Nemyrovsky responded to criticism by publishing part of the results of test operations, according to which the price of the balancing market in the period from 18:00 on December 11 to 14:00 on December 12 fell to UAH 900 per 1 MWh and rose to UAH 2,140 per 1 MWh. However, it was mainly UAH 1,400–1,500 per 1 MWh with the wholesale market price approved by the National Commission for the State Regulation of Energy, Housing and Utilities Services (NCER) for the second – fourth quarter being UAH 1,586.69 per MWh.

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