Business news from Ukraine


KYIV. Nov 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The process of placing a new cover (New Safe Confinement, NSC) over Chornobyl nuclear power plant’s (NPP) fourth power unit began on Monday, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) press service reported.

The process of installing an arc, which will cover radioactive waste, which has amassed after the Chornobyl NPP disaster in 1986, has begun, the statement said.

The Chornobyl NPP’s NSC is the largest moveable land-based structure ever built with a length of 165 meters, a height of 110 meters, and a weight of more than 36,200 tonnes. At this point, this structure is being moved into the operational position over Chornobyl NPP’s fourth power unit, which had been destroyed in the disaster 30 years ago.

The NSC is being placed by means of a special system, which comprises 224 hydraulic jacks and enables to move the arc by 60 centimeters per one cycle. It is planned that the entire process will take up to four days with the overall time of non-stop movement of roughly 33 hours.

The arc has been built in the clean zone near the Chornobyl NPP’s fourth power unit and is to be moved 327 meters to the operational position over this power unit. The NSC installment will make the Chornobyl NPP ground safe and will allow removing the current outdating cover, as well as the operations involving radioactive waste inside this structure.

As reported, Novarka Company, which had built the NSC, is a consortium of French construction companies Bouygues and Vinci. The construction began in 2012 after large-scale preparation at the site. Due to its large dimensions, the NSC had to be built in two parts, which had been lifted and successfully connected with each other in 2015. A crane has been placed inside the NSC arc to dismantle the current old sarcophagus and the remnants of the fourth power unit. The NSC has a design service life of 100 years and cost EUR1.5 billion.


DNIPRO. Nov 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – World Bank has provided $40 million to Dnipropetrovsk region to open 39 ambulance stations and create emergency care departments in three hospitals of the region, Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration Head Valentyn Reznychenko has said.

“The World Bank’s project is intended to fight cardiovascular diseases. New ambulance stations to prevent and treat them will be opened. Modern emergency care and diagnostics departments will be created. The World Bank provided $40 million for this,” Reznychenko told reporters.

He said that the project will be implemented during four years. Over the period 39 municipal institutions that are not used now will be reconstructed in Dnipro, Pavlohrad and Kryvy Rih. New ambulance stations will be opened in them and equipped. Eleven ambulance stations will be opened in 2017, 19 in 2018 and the rest in 2019 and 2020.

Reznychenko said that first national tenders to reconstruct the institutions have been announced. He expressed hope that the tenders will be finished early next year. It is planned to start creating first ambulance stations in spring 2017.

“We also plan to open new emergency care and diagnostics departments in three hospitals in Dnipro, Kryvy Rih and Pavlohrad using the World Bank’s funds. Then there would not be a need to send serious patients to the regional center, as they could be treated in the region,” he said, adding that works to create these departments will start in 2017.


KYIV. Nov 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – State-run enterprise Zorya-Mashproekt (Mykolaiv) will supply energy equipment participating in the program to upgrade facilities of the Ukrainian gas transport system (GTS).

The company’s press service reported that Zorya-Mashproekt would produce and deliver 16 MW gas turbine engines DG-90 to public joint-stock company Ukrtransgaz to upgrade three compressor stations Ananiev, Zadniprovska and Pivdennobuhska. The company is to ship nine engines.

The press service said that the energy equipment will be delivered jointly with gas pumping units made by Sumy Machine-Building Science and Production Association (Sumy NPO). Sumy NPO is the author of the comprehensive solution to modernize the compressor stations. It won tenders held by Ukrtransgaz in November 2016.

The cost of Zorya-Mashproekt’s equipment of the total cost of the project is around 30%.

The company today exports over 95% of its products.

“Demand on the domestic market is important for the company. The enterprise’s team hopes for further cooperation with Ukrtransgaz under the GTS modernization program,” the press service said.

Zorya-Mashproekt (Mykolaiv) is a member of the Ukroboronprom Concern.


KYIV. Nov 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – A group of professionals not representing government officials intend to draw up a list of possible investment projects in Ukraine worth $150 billion. The projects could be implemented in Ukraine in coming 15-20 years, former head of the Presidential Administration and Head of the National Investment Council Borys Lozhkin has said.

“There are no [large investment] projects in the country. Ministries and state-run companies even cannot give projects worth $10 billion, while we need $150 billion for next 15 or 20 years. These figures are realistic,” he said at the third Orchestrators of Change Directors forum that took place in Kyiv on November 10.

He said that one of the largest international funds with assets of over $500 billion under management has expressed its readiness to invest $1-3 billion in Ukraine. The fund asked to present projects worth $20 billion to select some. It was found out that the country does not have these projects.

Lozhkin said that he ordered a group of ‘non-government’ people to prepare the list of projects in the sectors, including revised projects proposed by ministries.

He said that the Ukrainian energy sector could spend $50-70 billion of investment in coming 20 years, and infrastructure and agriculture – $30-40 billion each.

He said that these are projects worth over $100 million and better if they were $300-500 million, as efforts spent on the projects worth $5 billion or $100 million are the same.

Lozhkin said that foreign direct investment (FDI) is the main hope for Ukraine’s exploding growth.

“$1 billion of FDI is around 1% of GDP growth. If they have them worth $6-8 billion, it would be 6-8% of GDP growth and a multiplier – we can reach 10% of growth a year. Then the values would change quicker,” he said.

MHP Board Chairman Yuriy Kosiuk said that Ukraine today is not ready for large investments, as there is a large risk of losing it. The process should be gradual, he said.

“One cannot help a fool,” he said.

Lozhkin said that one can give $500 million to such businessmen as Kosiuk and President of Galnaftogaz Concern Vitaliy Antonov who also participated in the discussion. However, Kosiuk said that they could suffer from country risks too.


KYIV. Nov 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee has permitted Koninklijke Bunge B. V. (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) to acquire shares in New European company LLC (Mykolaiv).

The press service of the committee said that the permit grants Bunge over 50% of the votes in the management body of the company.

As reported, the transnational company Bunge has invested $180 million in building a handling complex with an oilseed refinery, oil handling terminal and an expanded grain terminal.

Bunge Ukraine Managing Director Dmytro Horshunov said that the complex continues the company’s strategy aimed at developing infrastructure at Mykolaiv seaport. In 2011 the company built a handling terminal at this port and it expanded Ukraine’s exports capacity by 3 million tonnes a year.

New European company LLC provides cargo handling, storage and loading services. It was registered in 2013. Robertius Investments Limited (Cyprus) owns the company. The ultimate beneficiary is an individual from Cyprus – Atanasia Iakovidu.

Bunge operates on agricultural products and food markets.

The key assets of Bunge in Ukraine are the Dnipropetrovsk oil extraction plant and subsidiary Suntrade (Kyiv).