Business news from Ukraine

TERMINAL-UPSS INVESTS $7 MLN IN VEGETABLE OIL TANK FLEET AT MYKOLAIV SEAPORT

KYIV. Nov 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Terminal-UPSS has launched a new tank fleet handling palm and exotic oils and other liquid edible products and fats.

According to a company press release, the fleet of 14 tanks with a total storage capacity of 41,000 cubic meters has elevated railway tracks and road, heated pipeline system and “nitrogen breathing” system to avoid aging of products, a warm water heating system and a laboratory.

“The polymeric internal coverage of the tanks allows working with almost any types of bulk cargos. Investment reached $7 million,” the company said.

Terminal-UPSS in next two years seeks to build a grain elevator with a storage capacity of 240,000 tonnes at Dnipro-Buhsky seaport.

Terminal-UPSS owns a port complex with a total storage capacity of 185 cubic meters – these are five terminals with a storage capacity of 25,000-40,000 tonnes each. The company’s core business is handling bulk edible cargos, as well as exporting molasses and vegetable oil.

BORYSPIL AIRPORT SEES 16% RISE IN PASSENGER FLOW IN JAN-OCT

KYIV. Nov 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv), the largest airport in the country, in January-October 2016 increased its passenger traffic by 16% year-over-year and 23% from January-October 2014, compared to the same period of 2015, to 7.264 million people.

The press service of the airport reported that the number of transit passengers over the period grew to 1.899 million (47% up year-over-year).

In October 2016, the airport serviced 797,400 passengers (20% up on October 2015 and 42% up on October 2014).

“One of the key factors of the indicators’ growth was development of the basic airline of the Boryspil airport – UIA. It is a driver of the airport’s growth,” the airport said.

In 2016, the airport seeks to service over 8.4 million passengers. Passenger flow would be increased by 15.4% compared to 2015.

Boryspil airport services over 68% of passenger transportation in Ukraine. It is the only airport in the country servicing long-haul flights. Over 50 airlines fly from the airport on more than 100 routes worldwide.

UNDP INTENDS TO LAUNCH TWO ENERGY EFFICIENCY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN UKRAINE BY 2017

KYIV. Nov 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) intends to launch two projects on energy efficiency market development in Ukraine by the end of 2016, UNDP Deputy Country Director in Ukraine Blerta Cela has said.

Speaking at the 8th International Forum on Sustainable Energy in Ukraine in Kyiv on Tuesday, Cela announced the launch of two important programs to promote activities in the field of energy efficiency and the development of this market in Ukraine.

According to her, the first program will be aimed at removing barriers to investment in energy efficiency in government buildings.

This program will be aimed at speeding up the implementation of energy efficiency measures at the expense of the most productive use of private sector investment, the deputy director of the UNDP office in Ukraine said.

At the same time, the UNDP’s second program will focus on promoting and encouraging the development of ‘green cities’ in Ukraine.

She said they will try to integrate ‘green’ urban development and ‘green’ urban management in this country including through taking the cue from several successful models of other cities in other countries.

The UNDP deputy country director also stressed the importance of the adoption by the Ukrainian parliament of the bills on housing and communal utilities, on energy efficiency of buildings and on fiscal metering of utility services, which should help Ukraine meet European energy efficiency standards, particularly in the residential sector.

The UNDP also needs financial support mechanisms and new technologies in order to support Ukraine in the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy production, Cela said adding that the Energy Efficiency Fund has the potential to be a powerful tool in accelerating economic development in Ukraine.

According to her, Ukraine is still one of the least energy-efficient countries in the world occupying the 24th place in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

DTEK TO INCREASE GAS COAL IN POLAND TO 130,000 TONNES

KYIV. Nov 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) – DTEK Energo will buy 30,000 tonnes more gas coal in Poland in addition to earlier contracted 100,000 tonnes. The company will supply it in November to Burshtyn and Dobrotvirska thermal power plants (TPPs, managed by DTEK Zakhidenergo), the press service of the company has reported.

The press service said that first wagons with Polish coal started arriving to DTEK Zakhidenergo early October. At present, over 84,000 tonnes of imported coal has been shipped to TPPs.

“Since June DTEK’s TPPs have been operating in the extra coal burning mode. The Ukrenergo’s dispatch center ordered that DTEK’s TPPs will compensate for a lack of the power grid’s capacity. This has considerably increased the burden on our equipment and the volumes of coal supplies to our TTPs,” Commercial Director of DTEK Energo Vitaliy Butenko said.

He said that the diversification strategy approved by the company allows boosting coal supplies from different directions, in particular, from Poland.

CABINET APPROVES INTRODUCTION OF PASSPORT-CARD FOR UKRAINIAN CITIZENS

KYIV. Nov 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the introduction of a passport in the form of a card for all citizens and the possibility of a voluntary exchange of the old passports.

According to the Cabinet’s decree No. 745 dated October 26, the government approved the patterns and technical specification of the form of the passport in the card form and the procedure of its registration of the issuance, exchange, transfer, removal, return to the state, the destruction in accordance with the requirements of Ukrainian legislation.

After adoption of this resolution, the passport of Ukrainian citizen will be: issued by the centers of administrative services; produced in the card form only, containing a wire-free electronic medium; granted to every citizen of Ukraine who has attained the age of 14; issued for persons under 18 years of age for the period of four years, and persons who have reached the age of 18 – for every 10 years; contain information on the tax number (registration number of the taxpayer’s registration card from the State Register of individuals – tax payers) or a notice of refusal to accept the registration number of the taxpayer registration card.

This passport-card is issued upon achieving 14 years of age based on the application no later than 20 working days. In addition, if the passport is made not for the first time, then it is made within 10 working days having the application for urgent execution.

NPO ENERGOMASH READY TO MEET DEMAND OF NEW SEA LAUNCH OWNERS FOR RD-170/171 ROCKET ENGINES – GENERAL DIRECTOR

ZHUHAI (China). Nov 2 (Interfax-AVN) – The new owners of the Sea Launch project, which has until recently been using Zenit Russian-Ukrainian launch vehicles powered with RD-170 engines, are expecting to resume the launch program as early as in 2018, NPO Energomash General Director Igor Arbuzov told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday on the Airshow China-2016 sidelines.

“If the launch vehicle is not replaced and if we are invited to cooperate, we will be ready to meet the company’s demand for engines,” he said, answering a question as to how long it would take to resume RD-170/171 production given the plans to reanimate the Sea Launch project.

Sea Launch Group members (subsidiaries and lower-tier subsidiaries of Energia Corporation) and S7 Group entered into a contract for the purchase of the Sea Launch Commander ship, the Odyssey launch platform and gear, and the Sea Launch trademark on September 27 during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2016 in Guadalajara (Mexico).

Sea Launch International Consortium, established in 1995, used to launch Zenit-3SL rockets from the floating platform deployed in the equatorial Pacific. Following reorganization in 2010, Energia Overseas Limited (EOL), a subsidiary of Energia Corporation, acquired a 95% stake in the company, while U.S. Boeing received 3% and Norway’s Aker Solutions got 2%. The company was headquartered in Nyon, Switzerland, until recently.

The Zenit-3SL launch vehicle consists of the Zenit-2S two-stage rocket (created by Yuzhnoye (Pivdenne) Design Bureau and built by Yuzhmash (Pivdenmash) in Ukraine mostly using Russian-made component parts) and the DM-SL booster unit designed and manufactured by Energia Corporation in Korolyov, Moscow region.

As many as 36 Zenit-3SL missions, including 33 successful, have been accomplished under the Sea Launch program.