Business news from Ukraine

STATE-RUN UKRENERGO HAS 149 MLN EUR JOINT PROJECT WITH EBRD TO MODERNIZE SUBSTATIONS

Ukrenergo is preparing a new joint project with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) “Modernization of Transmission Networks” with an approximate cost of EUR 149 million, the company’s press service has reported. “The goal of the project is the replacement of power equipment, the reconstruction of substations with the introduction of an automated control system for technological processes,” Ukrenergo said. As part of the preparation of the project, representatives of consultancy companies selected by the EBRD, namely Tetra Tech (the United States) and AF-Mercados EMI (Spain) visited ten substations of Ukrenergo (750 kV Zakhidnoukrainska, 400 kV Mukachevo, 330 kV Novovolynsk, 330 kV Hrabiv, 750 kV Donbaska, 330 kV Myrhorod, 330 kV Kupiansk, 330 kV Mykolaivska, 330 kV Trykhaty, and 330 kV Lisova).
The consultants should prepare feasibility studies for the reconstruction of the listed substations, and the project is planned to be implemented at the expense of EBRD loan funds until 2021.
Modernization of the substations will increase the efficiency and reliability of electricity transmission, will allow to manage the equipment of the substations from the regional centers. Also, its implementation will be the basis for the introduction of a smart grid technology in the framework of the “Second Electricity Transmission Project” implemented by Ukrenergo jointly with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

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EBRD PROVIDES $15 MLN LOAN TO RETAIL STORE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a seven-year loan of $15 million to a major manufacturer and supplier of fixtures and equipment for retail stores and warehouses – Modern Expo Group, the bank reported on Friday. The proceeds will be used to increase production volumes at the two principal manufacturing sites in Lutsk (Ukraine) and in Vitebsk (Belarus). The company will also be able to restructure its balance sheet.
Modern-Expo is a privately owned company, which has been operating in Ukraine for over 20 years and expanded to Belarus in 2014. It is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of fixtures and equipment for retail stores and warehouses in central and Eastern Europe.
The main plant with an area of over 65,000 square meters and the Ukrainian office are located in Lutsk. In 2013, the group launched production in Verkhniodniprovsk (Dnipropetrovsk region) with an area of 22,000 square meters. In 2017, RED POS equipment manufacturer (Lviv) joined the group.
Around 65% of company revenues are generated from export sales to more than 60 countries around the world. It supplies its products to major international retailers including Auchan, Carrefour, Billa, Nestle and many others.
The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. To date, the bank has made a cumulative commitment of almost EUR 12.1 billion across some 400 projects since the start of its operations in the country in 1993.
Since the start of its operations in Belarus in 1992, the EBRD has invested over EUR 2 billion in 95 projects in various sectors of the country’s economy.

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EBRD TO PROVIDE EUR 5.6 MLN FOR BUILDING SOLAR POWER PLANT

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) under the Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility (USELF) will provide a loan of EUR 5.6 million to Ekotechnik Shyroke LLC to build a solar power plant in Dnipropetrovsk region with the installed capacity of 7 MW, the press service of the EBRD has reported.
The ten-year loan is provided. According to the EBRD, the owners of Ekotechnik Shyroke LLC are Ekotechnik Group (the Czech Republic) and Tryba Energy (France). According to the unified public register, the beneficiaries of the company are Aleš Korostenský (the co-owner of Ekotechnik Group) and Ukrainians Yuriy Zasiadvovk and Bohdan Yevtushenko.

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EBRD WILL ISSUE $20 MLN LOAN TO UKRAINIAN SUGAR PRODUCER

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will issue a long-term loan of up to $20 million to Astarta, a Ukrainian agro-industrial holding, to finance working capital necessary for plant growing, sugar beets and soybeans processing. EBRD Senior Adviser on External Relations Anton Usov told Interfax-Ukraine the board of directors made a corresponding decision at a meeting on July 18.
The bank says its funding will also contribute to improving efficiency and productivity through the introduction of modern IT solutions and farming practices and support of stronger ties with local suppliers.
According to information on the EBRD’s website, the overall valuation of the project is estimated at $242 million.
As reported, the EBRD in October 2017 issued a $25 million loan to Astarta for seven years for the construction and purchase of sugar and grain storage facilities.
Astarta is a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding that operates in eight regions of Ukraine. The holding includes eight sugar factories, agricultural enterprises with a land bank of about 250,000 hectares and dairy farms.

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EBRD APPROVES 250 MLN EUR PROGRAM TO SUPPORT PRIVATE PROJECTS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY IN UKRAINE

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a new program USELF III (Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility) worth EUR 250 million to support private projects in renewable energy in Ukraine. EBRD Senior Adviser for External Relations Anton Usov told Interfax-Ukraine the board of directors made the corresponding decision at a meeting on July 18. The bank said it has been supporting the development of renewable energy in Ukraine within the framework of the USELF program since 2009, but it expires on June 30, 2018, and USELF III should replace it.
During the first program, the bank financed projects for total of more than EUR 100 million to fund projects with a total capacity of over 150 MW of various renewable energy technologies, the document says. The EBRD notes that as a result of the development of the renewable energy sector, interest from large international developers is growing, and they are ready to implement larger projects in the field of renewable energy.
The bank also says that despite the significant growth of the sector in Ukraine, its share remains insignificant at 1.5%, while the National Action Plan for Renewable Energy envisages the increase of this share to 11% by 2020.

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EBRD TO PROVIDE EUR 10 MLN LOAN TO KYIVSKY CARDBOARD MILL

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a loan of EUR10 million to Kyivsky cardboard and paper mill (KCPM), a leading company in the sector and based outside Ukraine’s capital. This will be a seven-year loan to boost energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, the EBRD said in a statement on July 13. The purchase of a shoe press for cardboard drying will help KCPM reduce the use of steam, increase production volumes and improve the quality of coated cardboard. The replacement of pumps will halve the electricity needs of this equipment. Combined annual savings are expected to reach up to EUR2 million.
New converting and packing lines for the production of tissues will be procured as part of the project and will allow the company to widen its range of products for use in office buildings, hotels, schools and airports. It will also help KCPM increase its domestic and export sales, including those to the EU.
KCPM will upgrade its waste-paper processing equipment, which will allow the firm to improve the quality – and reduce the cost of cardboard production. These improvements will make it possible to reprocess waste paper up to four times. This will be the first production cycle in the country to implement the EU principles of using fewer resources and increasing energy efficiency.
The investments are expected to reduce the company’s annual CO2e emissions by up to 11,000 tonnes. Kyivsky cardboard paper mill is one of the largest cardboard and paper producers in Europe. It employs almost 2,200 people. It sells produce to almost 700 companies in Ukraine, some CIS member states and the rest of the world. In 2017, the mill saw a 14.8% rise in production from 2016, to UAH 4.85 billion. The mill is owned by Pulp Mill Holding GmbH (Austria), its ultimate beneficiary is businessman Volodymyr Krupchak.
The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. Since the start of its operations in the country in 1993, the Bank has made a cumulative commitment of almost EUR 12.1 billion across some 400 projects in Ukraine.

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