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A requirement to create transport hubs in large cities outlined in the national construction standard “Planning and Territorial Development passed by the Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Ministry of Ukraine is introduced from September 1, Deputy Minister Lev Partskhaladze has said. “We want all the route networks in Ukraine’s large cities with large passenger traffic to be connected to each other by transport and interchange hubs, so that cities will be able to form the right logistics and interconnections between all major modes of transport and regulate passenger traffic,” Partskhaladze wrote on his Facebook page.
According to him, this national construction standard establishes that the transport and transfer hubs should be located mainly in the urban periphery. International transport hubs should be located near airports, railway stations and ports, regional – near bus stations or suburban railway stations, and urban – at high-speed transport stations (subway, rapid tram, city railway), at the intersection of several types of passenger transport and in areas of large public or commercial facilities.
According to the new national construction standards, the time spent on transfers should not exceed 10 minutes, taking into account waiting time.
“The distance of pedestrian approaches to stops in transport and transfer hubs should not exceed 200 meters. If the design provides for exceeding this standard, then the time spent on transfers should be reduced, it is necessary to use local transport systems – escalators and moving walkways,” Partskhaladze said.

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MS Social Project LLC (Kyiv), part of the ICU Group, will invest in construction of the largest unsegregated solid household waste treatment plant in Zhytomyr using a custom technology, ICU reported on Thursday. “The amount of our investments in the construction of the plant will be from EUR 7 million to EUR 10 million… After the implementation of this project in Zhytomyr we are considering the possibility of building this type of plants in other cities of Ukraine,” the company said in a press release, citing the managing partner of ICU Kostiantyn Stetsenko.
According to the document, Tehnix (Croatia), which is the equipment manufacturer and developer of MBT technology (mechanical, biological and thermal treatment of solid municipal waste) was selected a contractor for the implementation of the project. Tehnix has built and commissioned more than 50 similar plants in the EU countries, in the countries where solid household waste, as well as in Ukraine, is not segregated at home.
ICU said that the design capacity of the plant involves the processing of about 82,000 tonnes of solid waste per year. The preliminary construction period of the facility is one year from the moment of obtaining the required permits. It is planned that the plant will operate in two shifts, and the number of workers will be 150 people.
The depth of treatment using this technology will reach 85-95%, and its result will be the receipt of secondary raw materials, alternative refuse-derived fuel (RDF) for cement plants and compost from the organic fraction of solid waste, ICU said.
According to Stetsenko, this innovative technology has proved its effectiveness in many countries, as well as it does not provide for emissions into the environment. It has its own sewage treatment system. He added that the company is also considering this project not only as a business, but also as an important social project.

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Ukraine in June 2018 increased steel production by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2017, to 1.711 million tonnes, climbing from 12th to 14th in the rating of 64 countries, the world’s major producers of this product, compiled by the World Steel Association (Worldsteel). In June the growth of steel smelting was recorded in the majority of the first ten countries from June 2017, except for Brazil.
The top ten countries producing steel in June are as follows: China (80.196 million tonnes, a rise of 7.5%), Japan (8.76 million tonnes, an increase of 4.2%), India (8.739 million tonnes, an increase of 7.4%), the United States (6.847 million tonnes, a rise of 0.8%), South Korea (6.122 million tonnes, an increase of 3.2%), Russia (6.12 million tonnes, a rise of 8.9%), Germany (3.77 million tonnes, an increase of 2.6%), Turkey (3.043 million tonnes, an increase of 0.7%), Brazil (2.59 million tonnes, a fall of 2.2%), and Italy (2.135 million tonnes, a rise of 1.5%).
They are followed by Iran (2.08 million tonnes, an increase of 16.5% and, Ukraine (1.711 million tonnes, a rise of 1.5%). Overall, 64 countries produced 151.379 million tonnes of steel in June 2018, which is 5.8% more than in June 2017.
In January-June 2018, 64 countries produced 881.455 million tonnes of steel, which is 4.6% more than in January-June 2017.

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DTEK Energy Holding of Rinat Akhmetov increased coal imports by 2.3 times, to 1.492 million tonnes in January-June 2018 compared to the same period last year, the company said on the website of the London Stock Exchange.
At the same time, DTEK’s coal production in the reporting period fell by 12.9%, to 12.889 million tonnes. In particular, extraction of gas coal in Ukraine decreased by 1.2%, to 11.426 million tonnes, while anthracite and steam coal were not produced in Ukraine. At the same time, DTEK in January-June 2018 increased production of anthracite in Russia by 7.6%, to 1.463 million tonnes.
DTEK’s coal exports in the reporting period fell by 54.8%, to 206,000 tonnes.
Production of coal concentrate by DTEK in January-June 2018 fell by 22.8%, to 5.806 million tonnes. In particular, concentrate production in Ukraine fell by 44.6%, to 486,500 tonnes, and in Russia by 6%, to 907,900 tonnes.

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Ukraine as of July 25 had threshed 20 million tonnes of early grain and leguminous crops from 6.3 million hectares (65% of the forecast for these crops) with the yield being 31.9 centners per ha.
According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, farmers harvested 15 million tonnes of winter wheat from 4.4 million hectares (70% of the forecast) with the yield of 34.2 centners/ha, 37,000 tonnes of spring wheat from 16,000 hectares (9%) with a yield of 23 centners/ha, 2.9 million tonnes of winter barley from 816,000 hectares (99%) with the yield being 35.1 centners per ha, 1.3 million tonnes of spring barley from 628,000 hectares (41%) with a yield of 19.9 centners/ha, and 541,000 tonnes of peas from 319,000 hectares (75%) with a yield of 17 centners/ha.
The country also harvested 67,000 tonnes of rye from 27,500 hectares (19%) with a yield of 24.5 centners/ha and 16,000 tonnes of oats from 9,300 hectares (5%) with a yield of 17.5 centners/ha.
In addition, farmers threshed 2.3 million tonnes of winter rapeseeds from 902,000 hectares (92%) with a yield of 25.8 centners per ha and 11,000 tonnes of spring rapeseeds from 7,500 hectares (14%) with the yield standing at 15 centners/ha.

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