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TEN COMPANIES APPLY FOR TENDER FOR DNIPRO’S AIRFIELD CONSTRUCTION

Ten Ukrainian and Turkish companies have applied for participation in the tender for the construction of a new airfield at Dnipropetrovsk airport.
According to the information on the tender page in the ProZorro portal, participants in the tender will be: Ozaltin, Metag Insaat Ticaret AS, ONUR Construction International (all located in Turkey); Altcom, Olvia, SMT No.8, Rostdorstroy, Altis-Construction, Avtomagistral-Pivden (all located in Ukraine), as well as the Ukrainian-Turkish Black Sea Consortium.
“The next step is an auction among selected participants. We plan to hold it in the first decade of December. We made the technical task as simple and transparent as possible for maximum openness and competition of both Ukrainian and international construction companies,” Head of the State Agency for Infrastructure Projects of Ukraine Kyrylo Khomiakov wrote in his Telegram channel.
The expected cost of the main work on the construction of a new airfield in Dnipro is UAH 5.69 billion.
In the 2021 draft budget submitted by the Cabinet of Ministers for the second reading, UAH 1.4 billion is expected for the construction of the airfield.

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INTERPIPE STEEL REDUCES STEEL PRODUCTION BY 14%

Electric steelmaking complex Interpipe Steel of the international vertically integrated pipe and wheel company Interpipe (Dnipro) in January-October of this year reduced steel production, according to operational data, by 13.9% compared to the same period last year, up to 641,000 tonnes.
As the Interfax-Ukraine agency was informed in the company, 62,800 tonnes of steel were produced in October.
As reported, Interpipe in 2019 reduced steel production by 4.2% compared to the previous year to 854,500 tonnes.
Interpipe is a Ukrainian industrial company, a manufacturer of seamless pipes and railway wheels. The company’s products are supplied to more than 80 countries around the world through a network of sales offices located in the key markets of the CIS, the Middle East, North America and Europe. In 2019, Interpipe sold 823,000 tonnes of finished products, including 202,000 tonnes of railway products. Railway products are sold under the KLW brand.
Interpipe employs 11,000 people. In 2019, the company transferred UAH 3.25 billion to the budgets of all levels.
The company includes five industrial assets: Interpipe Nyzhniodniprovsky Pipe Rolling Plant, Interpipe Novomoskovsk Pipe Plant, LLC Interpipe Niko-Tube, Dnipropetrovsk Vtormet and Dniprostal Steel Complex under the Interpipe Steel brand.

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EBRD ISSUES EUR25 MLN TO DNIPRO MUNICIPAL ENERGY SERVICE COMPANY

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Dnipro Municipal Energy Service Company (Dnipro) have signed a loan agreement on the allocation of EUR25 million in a loan to improve the energy efficiency of 98 public buildings, including 67 kindergartens, 27 schools and four clinics.
“Thanks to the agreement between Mayor Borys Filatov and the EBRD, today we’ve signed a loan to finance the second stage of a large energy saving project in the city’s buildings. This will create conditions that are more comfortable for the residents of our city,” the bank’s press service quotes deputy mayor of the city Eduard Pidlubny.
“The new loan builds on the successful implementation of a pilot project with Dnipro’s energy management company in 2020. Under the pilot financed by the EBRD, the E5P and the Clean Technology Fund, 33 schools and 48 kindergartens have been refurbished offering more comfort and greater energy efficiency,” the bank said on its website.
“The new financing will allow the city to maintain the pace of its energy efficiency investments in public buildings and will set an example for other Ukrainian cities to follow. Once the projects are completed, the city would have renovated almost 200 public buildings, the largest such effort in Ukraine,” Mark Magaletsky, the EBRD Deputy Director for Ukraine, said.
The EBRD’s board of directors reportedly approved the project last week.
The loan has a term of 13 years, including a grace period of up to three years, with 20 equal payments every six months. The loan will be secured by the city’s full municipal guarantee, the bank said.

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EBRD COULD PROVIDE EUR 25 MLN LOAN TO COMMUNAL COMPANY DNIPRO TO BOOST ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) could provide a senior loan of up to EUR 25 million to the communal company Dnipro Municipal Energy Servicing Company (Dniprovska Municipalna Energoservisna Kompanya, the city of Dnipro) for energy efficiency investments in 98 public buildings, including 67 kindergartens, 27 schools and 4 outpatient clinics.
“The investments are expected to result in strong improvement of buildings’ condition through renovation of facilities and meeting heating requirements, improved comfort level and reliability of services at kindergartens, schools and clinics, as well as reduction of energy and maintenance costs of the buildings and decrease of CO2 emissions,” the bank said on Tuesday.
The project is pending of the decision of the EBRD board on October 13.
According to the document, the loan maturity is up to 13 years, including up to three years grace, with 20 equal semi-annual repayments. The loan will be secured by a full municipal guarantee from the city.
The loan is expected to be co-financed by up to EUR 5.5 million investment grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), subject to grant approval by the E5P Assembly of Contributors.
The local contribution of up to EUR 2.5 million will cover additional energy conservation measures and capital repairs.
The EBRD said that the loan will be a sub-project under the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Financing Framework (PSEEF), consisting of municipal-guaranteed loans to municipal energy management companies in Ukraine to facilitate critical improvements in energy efficiency measures in public buildings in a number of cities across Ukraine.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND OF UKRAINE TO PUT DNIPRO HOTEL AT STARTING PRICE OF $10 MLN

The State Property Fund of Ukraine this spring will put the Dnipro Hotel located downtown Kyiv at the starting price of $10 million. “In order for its [the hotel’s] final cost to increase at times, a new director, Elina Sapozhkova, has been recently appointed,” the fund said on its website.
According to Sapozhkova, who previously had experience in opening, developing and managing hotels of the international chains Rezidor Hotel Group, IHG, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, the main value of the Dnipro Hotel is its location on European Square in the center of Kyiv and the views from the rooms.
The fund said that it has 23 large facilities for privatization, of which five are planned to be completed this year.

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OLEKSANDR YAROSLAVSKY WANTS TO ACQUIRE CREDIT DNIPRO BANK

Work on a possible deal to acquire Credit Dnipro Bank by Oleksandr Yaroslavsky from Victor Pinchuk is ongoing. “Work is ongoing. It will be a good business, if you manage to buy. There is experience, you know that we probably have the most successful experience in working in the financial sector with UkrSibbank,” Yaroslavsky told Interfax-Ukraine at the Ukrainian House in Davos, organized by the Pinchuk Foundation, WNISEF and Horizon Capital.
According to him, with the proper operation of the bank, the need for its constant capitalization by the shareholder will disappear.
Yaroslavsky also said that he was ready to take part in large privatization, but so far the facilities offered by the State Property Fund have a lot of problems. “Everything sounds so good, but when you know the inside situation, it doesn’t look very good,” the businessman said.
In particular, with the case of the United Mining and Chemical Company, he pointed out the need to deal with property issues, in the case of the Odesa Port-Side Plant, there is a debt of $250 million to the structures of Dmytro Firtash.
“Elektrotyazhmash is also an interesting enterprise, but it is unclear in what condition it is. And 85% of the market is Russia,” Yaroslavsky added.

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