DTEK Energy Holding has not abandoned plans to invest in the generation of electricity from renewable sources in Europe, and is now exploring opportunities for this in different countries, CEO of DTEK Renewables Maris Kuniсkis has said.
“Yes, this is in our focus. Plans to invest in Europe remain. As long as there is no stability in Ukraine, we focus on abroad,” he said during the 12th International Ukrainian Energy Forum of the Adam Smith Institute on Friday.
At the same time, he said that, since the market in Europe is also changing, the company has to reorient itself to other countries, abandoning the development of projects in those that were considered in 2020. In addition, Kuniсkis did not disclose the details of possible projects.
DTEK Oil & Gas produced over 960 million cubic meters of gas in January-June 2021, which is 10% more than in the same period in 2020, the company said.
“DTEK Oil & Gas is steadily increasing gas production thanks to systemic investments and the introduction of innovative technologies,” CEO of the company Ihor Schurov said.
The company is reportedly planning in the fourth quarter of this year to complete a large infrastructure project to build a refrigeration unit to optimize production at Machukhske field (Poltava region).
DTEK Oil & Gas has also already started geological exploration and office work in new deposits – Budyschansko-Chutivska and Zinkovska fields, which supplemented the company’s asset portfolio in 2020, the report says.
DTEK Oil & Gas recalled that in general, in 2021, the company is carrying out a program of drilling, workover and stimulation at base fields in Poltava region: during the first half of the year, the company commissioned two new wells, as well as carried out workover and stimulation operations at 21 wells of the operating stock.
Corum Group (DTEK) has signed the first contract with Turkey’s leading coal mining company Imbat Madencilik for a pilot supply of KD90T 17.5/28 support sections, Corum said in a press release on Friday.
According to the statement, entering new markets is one of the key directions of the company, approved as part of the adopted development strategy until 2030, among which the goals are to arrange the supply of mining equipment to the markets of Turkey and India.
“Due to the mining and geological features, coal mining in Turkey is associated with other dangerous and complex challenges compared to Ukraine. Therefore, in the foreground are occupational safety and modern technological solutions, which is the focus of Corum Group equipment,” the press service said, citing Director of Corum Trading Oleh Nesterenko.
The supports are optimized for the client’s conditions, they will be manufactured by Corum Druzhkivka Machine Plant (Donetsk region), and the shipment is scheduled for this summer.
“Corum experts paid a lot of attention to the issues that arise with our current fleet of powered roof supports from Poland and China, and suggested solutions to the problems. Therefore, we decided to try and test Corum products,” General Manager of Imbat Madencilik Yavuz Burbut said.
The cost of the deal was not disclosed.
Corum Group is a leading manufacturer of mining equipment in Ukraine, unites machine-building assets of DTEK Energy.
DTEK Energy received a net loss of UAH 327 million in January-March 2021, which is almost 23 times better than in the first quarter of 2020 and is mainly due to the strengthening of the hryvnia exchange rate.
According to the company’s report, positive exchange rate differences in January-March this year amounted to UAH 793 million against negative UAH 6.163 billion in January-March last year.
The company’s revenue for the reporting period increased by 12.8%, to UAH 14.42 billion.
The company explained that its growth was mainly due to an increase in the volume of electricity supply by 44% compared to the first quarter of 2020, when artificial restrictions for producers were in force.
DTEK is considering the possibility of expanding its oil and gas business in Ukraine, CEO of the company Maksym Timchenko has said in an interview with the Ekonomichna Pravda edition.
“We are constantly studying the deposits of all available players on the market. That is, we are open to expanding our business, without exception, with all players, including state-owned companies. If there are such opportunities not only for acquisitions, but also for joint activities, some kind of joint projects in exploration and production, we are ready for this,” he said.
According to Timchenko, in particular, the assets of Geo Alliance group for DTEK are “a potential area of our interest.” At the same time, he did not comment on the details of the negotiations.
As reported, in 2020 DTEK Oil and Gas increased natural gas production by 10.8% (by 180 million cubic meters) compared to 2019, to 1.84 billion cubic meters. In 2021, the company plans to increase gas production to 2 billion cubic meters.
Geo Alliance produced 203 million cubic meters of gas in 2020.
Geo Alliance is under the mandate of the international investment and consulting group EastOne, which unites the assets of Victor Pinchuk. In 2012, EastOne announced a strategic partnership between Geo Alliance and Arawak Energy Ukraine BV, part of the Vitol group of companies, one of the largest operators in the world energy market.
DTEK Grids LLC on April 30, 2021 entered into an agreement for the sale and purchase of 24.5% of shares in PJSC Kirovohradoblenergo, which belongs to VS Group Management LLC from the VS Energy Group and related companies, and is considering the possibility of acquiring a controlling stake of shares of this enterprise upon approval of the relevant transaction by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.
“DTEK continues developing its electricity distribution business. The company views it as promising and important for the transformation of the Ukrainian power market,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
Currently, the VS Energy group also includes Khersonoblenergo, Zhytomyroblenergo, Rivneoblenergo and Chernivtsioblenergo. In 2019 VS Energy sold Kyivoblenergo and Odesaoblenergo to the DTEK group.
In January, VS Energy announced a compulsory squeeze-out of Kirovohradoblenergo shares from minority shareholders, following the similar actions at Khersonoblenergo and Chernivtsioblenergo. According to the document, the highest price at which the applicant or persons affiliated with him acquired the issuer’s shares over the past 12 months was UAH 1.30. The market price of the Kirovohradoblenergo shares as of December 22, 2020, set by the appraiser of FC TITAN LLC, was UAH 1.26.
The total number of Kirovohradoblenergo shares is 119.376 million.
DTEK Grids said that it plans to implement a comprehensive program for the modernization of existing assets, as well as to carry out system automation and digitalization of power grid management in Kirovohradoblenergo, DTEK Grids CEO Ivan Geliukh said. According to him, this will improve the reliability of power supply, reduce losses and improve the quality of customer service in Kropyvnytsky and Kirovohrad regions.
According to the company, today, the market for supplying electricity to customers is completely competitive, the national regulator NEURC controls the work of distribution system operators, imposing an obligation on them to unconditionally provide access to the network infrastructure to any electricity supplier. “Thus, the concentration of new assets by DTEK complies with the legislation and the right of customers to have an opportunity of choosing who they buy electricity from in the market,” DTEK Grids said.
The company is developing a business for the distribution of electricity and the operation of power grids in Kyiv city and region, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Odesa regions. Its enterprises service 5.4 million households and 150,000 enterprises.