Business news from Ukraine

JAPANESE COMPANIES INTERESTED IN BUILDING SOLAR PLANTS IN CHORNOBYL NPP AREA

Deloitte Touche Japan and Green Power Development Japan (both based in Japan) are interested in building solar power plants with the capacity of up to 1.2 GW in the Chornobyl exclusion zone. This information was made public at a meeting of Olha Buslavets, the Director General of the Energy Markets Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, Masatoshi Nishimoto, the Director of Deloitte Touche Japan, the Executive Director of Green Power Development Japan, and representatives of the Japanese government in Kyiv on January 30.
According to the press service of the ministry, during the meeting the parties discussed the economic and technical aspects of construction of solar plants, as well as a draft law on the introduction of “green” auctions.
As reported, the construction of a pilot solar plant with a capacity of 1 MW of the Enerparc AG-Rodina Energy Group consortium was completed in early 2018. In the autumn of 2018, the consortium announced its intention to increase the station’s capacity to 100 MW.

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EBRD, BLACK SEA TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BANK TO ISSUE EUR 36 MLN FOR BUILDING SOLAR PLANTS IN UKRAINE

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank each will provide a EUR 18 million loan for the implementation by Rengy Solar B.V. of a project to build three solar power plants in Mykolaiv region, the EBRD press service has said.
The total installed capacity of the stations will be 47 MW.
Rengy Solar B.V. belongs to the Norwegian developer of the solar energy projects Scatec Solar and Rengy Development (Kyiv).
“Both companies have experience in implementing similar projects with the EBRD, but this new project is the first one for Scatec Solar in the market of alternative energy in Ukraine,” the press service notes.
This project is funded by the EBRD under the USELF-III program for financing alternative energy in Ukraine for a total of EUR 250 million.
As reported, earlier Scatec Solar signed an agreement with Rengy Development about joint implementation of projects on construction of solar plants with a total power of 47 MW in Mykolaiv region.

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SEVEN HILLS DEVELOPER PLANS TO START BUILDING SECOND RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX IN KYIV

Exko Plus LLC (Seven Hills developer, Kyiv) of businessman of Israeli origin Beny Steinmetz plans to start implementing a project to build a business class residential complex located at 39/2 Henri Barbusse Street in the Pechersky district of Kyiv. “We continue believing in business class – the segment where we work. We see and feel that it is stable. Demand remains. We will continue working in this residential housing segment,” Seven Hills CEO Arie Schwartz said at the RED PM DAY 2018 conference held last week in Kyiv.
He told Interfax-Ukraine that the company’s primary task is to complete the construction of the last stage of the Park Avenue residential complex, scheduled for the first quarter of 2019, and then focus on the new project.
As expected, the new complex will be designed for 670 high-end apartments. The construction of this residential complex was announced back in 2008. Then the developer several times postponed the start of its implementation.
According to Schwartz, the company’s portfolio contains five sites in Kyiv for development, one of them is Park Avenue residential complex (located at 58A, Holosiyivsky Avenue) and one in the pipeline – in the Pechersky district (located at 39/2, Henri Barbusse Street).
“We thought that it will take about five years to build Park Avenue. Today it is 11 years, and we continue working on our other projects,” Schwartz said.
As reported, Seven Hills in 2009 announced plans to start implementing three construction projects in Kyiv city and region, in particular, the Podol A class office center and a premium-class residential complex in Kyiv and the Airport City office and warehouse complex in Kyiv region.
Exko Plus LLC was established in 2004, its main activity is the construction of residential and nonresidential buildings.
According to the unified public register, participants of LLC are Global Space Management Limited (90%) and Respublika investment fund (10%). The ultimate beneficiary is Steinmetz.

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TURKISH COMPANY WINS ROAD BUILDING TENDER

Onur Construction International has won a tender held by the Automobile Road Service in Dnipropetrovsk region to build a section of H-31 Dnipro-Reshetylivka road from the settlement of Loboikivka to the border of Dnipropetrovsk region with a price offer of UAH 427.9 million. According to the ProZorro e-procurement system, the expected cost of the project was UAH 436.5 million.
Along with Onur, Rostdorbud LLC was a bidder in the tender with the price offer of UAH 428 million, and two more companies were not allowed to participate in the tender.
The tender was announced in October 2017, although changes were made to the tender documents several times. The project is to be completed by late 2019.
According to the public register, Onur Construction International LLC is belonged to Onur and Ihsan Cetinceviz.

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VINN-AGRO-EXPORT INVESTS $12 MLN IN BUILDING ELEVATOR IN VINNYTSIA REGION

Vinn-Agro-Export LLC (Vinnytsia region) has begun the construction of an elevator with a capacity of 65,000 tonnes in the village Makharyntsi (Vinnytsia region). According to a report on the website of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, in an hour the elevator will be able to accept up to 600 tonnes of grain and ship up to 300 tonnes. In addition, the company plans to build a railway track branch. In future, the elevator will ship up to 50 wagons a day.
The company also plans to build a laboratory to determine grain chemical and biological composition. The expected investment is $12 million.
Vinn-Agro-Export is engaged in wholesale of grain, untreated tobacco, seeds and animal feed. According to the unified state register of legal entities and individuals, Anatoliy Yarmolenko is the ultimate beneficiary of Vinn-Agro-Export.

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NATIONAL ENERGY COMPANY UKRENERGO AND SLOVAKIA’S SEPS AGREE ON BUILDING NEW POWER LINE TO BOOST POWER TRANSMISSION

National energy company Ukrenergo and the electricity transmission system operator SEPS (Slovakia) on October 2, 2018 agreed on building a new power line as an optimal solution for boosting power transmission between Ukraine and Slovakia, the press service of Ukrenergo has reported. “According to the agreements, a new 400 kV overhead line will be built, which will connect the existing 400 kV substations Mukachevo and Velke Kapusany in the single-circuit version with the possibility of further upgrading it to double-circuit in case of an increase in the volume of interstate flows,” the company said.
According to the press service, the project also envisages reconstruction of the 400 kV open switchgear at the Mukachevo substation. “In the next three or four years, at the Mukachevo 400 kV substation, it is planned to replace the existing 400/220 kV autotransformer (АТ-3) 400/220 kV (installed in 1964), as well as equipping the 400 kV complete switchgear with gas insulation,” Ukrenergo said.
Considering the condition of the existing 400 kV overhead line Mukachevo-Velke Kapusany, which has been operating since 1963, its modernization was recognized as inexpedient. The line will work until the launch of the new line.
The company recalled that this project is a candidate for projects of mutual interest (PMI), the list of which will be approved by the Council of Ministers of the Energy Community in the autumn of 2018.

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