Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE CUTS STEEL SMELTING BY 1% IN 2019

Metallurgical enterprises of Ukraine cut steel smelting by 1% in 2019 compared with 2018, to 20.848 million tonnes.
According to the reference documents of the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, which are available to the Interfax-Ukraine, the output of total rolled metal also decreased 1%, to 18.387 million tonnes, and pig iron production fell by 2%, to 20.064 million tonnes.
At the same time, the agency’s source in the ministry said that scrap metal supplies to metal enterprises last year fell by 10% to 3.011 million tonnes.
In 2019, pipe production fell by 9%, to 1.005 million tonnes, coke – by 7%, to 10.059 million tonnes, and metal products remained at the level of 188,000 tonnes.
Mining enterprises last year increased iron ore production by 4%, to 75.710 million tonnes, production of iron ore concentrate grew by 5%, to 63.084 million tonnes, but they reduced prepared iron ore by 3%, to 51.675 million tonnes, including sinter production that decreased by 2%, to 30.911 million tonnes, and pellets that fell by 3%, to 20.764 million tonnes.

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CHINA RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION TO OPEN REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN UKRAINE

JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Kyiv) and China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), the largest state-owned construction company in China, have signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation. According to the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the memorandum was signed by head of Ukrzaliznytsia Yevhen Kravtsov and member of the board Remigiusz Paszkiewicz from Ukraine and the deputy director general of CRCC from China.
According to the report, the Minister of Infrastructure noted that the signing of the document is an important stage of cooperation for the development of railway connection in the direction of Ukraine-China, attracting Chinese partners to modernize the Ukrainian railways and realize the transit potential of the country on the European Union-China route.
“The fact that the Chinese corporation decided to open a representative office in Ukraine and sign a memorandum of strategic cooperation indicates that the economic situation in the country is changing, the investment climate is improving, the largest foreign technology and manufacturing giants are interested in working in the Ukrainian market,” the minister said.
According to him, the ministry expects to restart and intensify the participation of Ukraine in the project One Belt – One Road, which will make it possible to fully realize the transit potential of the country in the continental cargo turnover.

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DEUTSCHE BAHN STUDYING STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH UKRAINIAN STATE-RUN UKRZALIZNYTSIA

Representatives of Germany’s Deutsche Bahn railway concern jointly with the Ukrainian government and JSC Ukrzaliznytsia are working on strategic partnership, the Center for Transport Strategies reported last week, referring to Deputy Director of the Center for Eastern European Studies in Berlin, ex-member of Bundestag Dmitry Stratievsky.
According to him, representatives of the German concern plan to visit Kyiv in the coming days.
“The alliance with Deutsche Bahn is interesting for Ukraine, first of all, with technologies and investments in updating the infrastructure. Undoubtedly, the leaders of the German market have something to share with their Ukrainian colleagues. Deutsche Bank and E.ON plan to join this process,” Stratievsky said.

SKYUP AIRLINES SUSPENDS FLIGHTS TO UAE FROM FEBUARY

SkyUp Airlines suspends its flights to the United Arab Emirates from February 1, 2020 due to the closure of the airspace over Iran and Iraq.
“From February 1, 2020, SkyUp Airlines suspends its regular flights to Sharjah (UAE) from Zaporizhia, Lviv and Kharkiv. This is connected with the prolongation of the ban on flights in the airspace over the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq, which was introduced by the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine from January 9, 2020,” the company said on Friday.
SkyUp also said that bypassing of the territories of Iran and Iraq increases the duration of the flights and makes it necessary to make a stop to refuel the plane.

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DONBASENERGO PLANS TO COMPLETE AUTOMATION OF MAINTENANCE OF SLOVIANSK TPP

PJSC Donbasenergo by July 2020 plans to complete the introduction of the single automated system to manage the key assets of Sloviansk thermal power plant (TPP). The company said that the system allows general effectiveness of business management.
The natural obsolescence of the key production assets of the TPP, which celebrated its 65th anniversary last year, leads to an increase in the number of breakdowns, malfunctioning of the equipment fleet and, as a result, expenditure growth.
The implemented module of the plant’s resource management and statistical analysis will help reduce the number of restoration repairs. Based on the available scheduled preventive repairs statistics, the economic feasibility of using equipment is determined, a decision is made to continue the operation of the old equipment or purchase new one, the company said in the release.
Donbasenergo owns Starobesheve (located in the occupied territory) and Sloviansk TPPs with a total installed capacity of 2,880 MW, in particular Sloviansk TPP’s capacity is 880 MW. At the end of March 2017, the generation company announced the loss of control over the operation of Starobesheve TPP, as well as part of structural units located in the temporarily uncontrolled territory.

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ONUR GROUP TO BUILD MULTIFUNCTIONAL EXHIBITION CENTER IN LVIV

Turkey’s Onur group, engaged in construction and repair of roads and buildings, plans to build a multifunctional exhibition center with a hotel and business centers in Lviv. “We plan to build a complex in Ukraine with a hotel, a multifunctional exhibition center for 3,000 people, and several IT business centers. We want to place all this in one place on a good location in Lviv,” the head of the representative office and general coordinator of Onur Group, Emre Karaahmetoglu, said in an interview with Newsweek in the framework of the Ukrainian promo for the World Economic Forum.
He also mentioned the company’s plans to invest in the Ukrainian tourism sector.
According to the decree of Lviv City Council of September 19, 2019, a joint venture was established between the Agency for Resources of Lviv City Council and Onur Construction International LLC – Synergy Alliance LLC, and a land plot of 4.82 hectares worth UAH 105.9 million in Shyretska-Riashevska Street was transferred to it.
Zaxid.net reported, with reference to Onur’s investment analyst Olena Chepurnova, construction work will begin in 2020. Construction will take about two years, the cost of the project is $70 million.
Onur Construction International LLC (Kyiv) was founded in 2004.

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