Business news from Ukraine

ENERGOATOM PLANS TO RAISE UAH 1 BLN, $17 MLN CREDIT LINES

KYIV. Sept 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom (Kyiv) has announced a tender to raise two renewable multicurrency credit lines equivalent to UAH 505 million each as well as a third credit line of $17 million, according to the company’s announcement in the Visnyk Derzhavnykh Zakupivel state procurements bulletin.

The company said that the funds will be raised for one year from the moment of the signing of the credit agreement.

Bids can be submitted until September 28, 2015. They will be opened on the same date.

Energoatom operates 15 nuclear power blocks, equipped with VVER reactors, with a combined capacity to generate 13.835 gigawatts.

TURBOATOM FINISHES TURBINE FOR AKSU TPP IN KAZAKHSTAN

KYIV. Sept 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Public joint-stock company Turboatom (Kharkiv), Ukraine’s largest producer of turbine equipment, has finished production of energy equipment for unit five of Aksu thermal power plant (TPP) in Kazakhstan, Turboatom said on its website.

The company said that in August the turbine was completed and transferred for shipment. In July, the enterprise tested the regulating system and transferred it for shipment. Previously, specialists of the plant provided the control assemblage of cylinders of turbine К-325-23.5 with rotors to the customer.

As reported, under the contract signed in July 2012, Turboatom is to replace unit K-300-240 with the next generation K-325-23.5 turbine at unit five of Aksu TPP. After modernization, the turbine capacity will increase by 25 MW, efficiency will be increased, the life-span of the unit and the whole power plant will be extended, and the environmental performance of TPP will be improved.

Turboatom is the sole producer of turbine equipment in Ukraine for hydro, heat and nuclear electricity stations. Turboatom specializes in manufacturing turbines for thermal and nuclear power plants, hydraulic turbines for hydroelectric power plants and pumped storage power plants, gas turbines for thermal power plants, steam and gas equipment, and other power equipment.

INVESTMENT IN SECONDARY REAL ESTATE WILL COME TO $10-20 MLN IN H2, 2015 – DTZ

KYIV. Sept 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The total volume of investment transactions in the secondary real estate market in Ukraine in the second half of the year could potentially amount to about $10-20 million, DTZ consulting company has reported in a survey for the first half of 2015.

“It is difficult to predict the actual semi-annual rate due to the current instability in Ukraine and uncertainty regarding the further development of the country,” the company said.

The company indicates that the rate of return from investment in real estate in Kyiv from June 2014 to June 2015 had not changed and will be stable by the end of the year.

According to DTZ, at the end of the first half of 2015 net yield rates for office and commercial premises in the capital were at a level of 13.5%, for logistics facilities at 15%. In general, during this period, total investment in the secondary real estate market amounted to $40 million.

“During the first six months of 2015 the most active sellers of real estate in Ukraine were commercial banks, which confiscated real estate from borrowers unable to pay debts. The banks offered the discounts of 10% to 30% of the book value of assets put up for sale,” reads the report.

AGRICULTURE MINISTRY TO SIGN MEMO WITH GRAIN TRADERS ON GRAIN EXPORTS IN 2015/2016 MY AFTER SEPT 20

KYIV. Sept 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – A memorandum on grain exports in the 2015/2016 marketing year (July-June) between grain traders and the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food will be signed after September 20, 2015.

“This year the memorandum has not been signed, yet. We will sign it after September 20, when there will be data on the quality of harvested wheat,” President of the Ukrainian Grain Association Volodymyr Klymenko said at a press conference in Kyiv.

He added that Ukraine has harvested a good wheat yield this year, and the country also has rather large wheat ending stocks from last year.

“This year we expect the harvest to reach 60 million tonnes. We do not know what we’ll have on corn, Europe has lost 20% of its harvest,” the expert said.

According to him, since the beginning of the MY, Ukraine has exported 5.817 million tonnes of grain, specifically wheat – 2.64 million tonnes, barley – 1.86 million tonnes, and corn – 1.3 million tonnes.

EBRD INCLUDES OTP BANK, RAIFFEISEN BANK AVAL IN RESIDENTIAL SECTOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM

KYIV. Sept 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will issue a credit line of up to EUR75 million to Ukrainian banks as financing of the residential sector energy efficiency program, which at the first phase includes OTP Bank and Raiffeisen Bank Aval in the program (both based in Kyiv).

Senior Communications Adviser at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Anton Usov told Interfax-Ukraine that the bank’s board of directors approved the relevant projects at a meeting on September 2.

It is expected that the EBRD will provide funds to financial institutions, which, in turn, will lend to end borrowers in the housing sector, including individual homeowners, groups of homeowners, housing associations, construction associations and cooperatives. These projects should foresee the use of investment in high technology and energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption by at least 20%.

The document states that the bank’s funds are supplemented with the mobilized hryvnia resources of Ukrainian banks participating in the program in the amount of up to EUR65 million.

 

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES AGREEMENT WITH JAPAN ON PROVISION OF $901 MLN TO MODERNIZE BORTNYCHI AERATION STATION

KYIV. Sept 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ukrainian Parliament has passed at second reading draft law No. 0052 on ratifying the agreement (in the form of exchange of notes) between the Ukrainian and Japanese governments on the provision of a loan to realize the project to modernize the Bortnychi aeration station as part of the implementation of the project to reconstruct sewage treatment facilities and the construction of a production line for sewage-sludge treatment and utilization of the Bortnychi aeration station.

A total of 265 lawmakers supported the law.

The law ratified the agreement signed on June 6, 2015 in Kyiv between Ukraine and Japan on the provision of a loan of JPY 108.193 billion (around $901 million).

The agreement foresees that the crediting term is 40 years with a payment grace period of 10 years. The credit rate is 0.1%. A Japanese company will be the general contractor of the project and the volume of Japanese goods used during the realization of the project is to be at least 30% of the cost of the contract.