Business news from Ukraine

MINISTRY OF ENERGY: UKRAINE CAN REPLACE 17% OF RUSSIAN GAS EXPORTED BY EU WITH ITS ELECTRICITY

The volume of electricity exports from Ukraine to the European Union can replace approximately 17% of the Russian gas consumed by European countries, the Ministry of Energy believes.
“According to our estimates, electricity from Ukraine can replace approximately 17% of Russian gas exported to the EU,” Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Mykola Kolesnyk said during a speech at the 25th Gazterm-2022 conference held in Poland on May 16-17.
According to the ministry, Ukraine submitted its proposals to the European strategy REpowerEU, which provide for practical steps to use the export capacity of the Ukrainian energy system.
“The new REpowerEU strategy should provide clear solutions in three aspects: how to replace Russian energy, how to end Russian control over energy assets in Europe, and how to ensure that this situation does not happen again,” the official said.
At the same time, the deputy minister emphasized the need for decisive action by the governments of European states regarding the complete rejection of Russian energy sources, noting that Ukraine remains a reliable partner of Europe in the energy sector and is ready to make a significant contribution to the reliability of natural gas supplies to European countries.
In particular, he drew attention to the possibility for European companies to use half of the capacity of Ukraine’s underground gas storage facilities (about 15 billion cubic meters) for seasonal or strategic gas reserves, which Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko announced in early May.
As reported, the Ukrainian government plans to resume the operation of additional transmission lines with Poland for the export of Ukrainian nuclear energy.

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UKRAINE AGREED WITH EU COUNTRIES ON CREATION OF ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF SUPPLYING FOOD TO WORLD MARKETS

Ukraine has already agreed with the EU countries on the creation of alternative routes for the supply of Ukrainian food exports to world markets, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said.
“Ukraine, the EU, the US, Canada, the UK and other partners are working together to avoid a global food crisis provoked by Russian aggression and blockade. This is a very difficult task, but we are working on it,” the press service of the Foreign Ministry quoted Kuleba as saying. Tuesday.
As the minister stressed, the only reason for the restrictions on Ukrainian food exports is Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its illegal blockade of Ukrainian seaports.
“With its criminal actions, Russia undermines global food security. But even in such difficult conditions, Ukraine is making every effort to fulfill contractual obligations and supply food to foreign consumers, in particular using the EU infrastructure,” he said.
Kuleba once again warned foreign consumers against being drawn into illegal Russian schemes to sell food stolen in Ukraine and urged them to buy Ukrainian grain and other agricultural products through the European logistics system.
The Foreign Ministry recalled that on May 12, EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Velyan presented in Brussels an action plan called “Solidarity Lanes” aimed at helping Ukrainian food exports. As part of this project, 20 million tons of grain will be shipped from Ukraine using EU infrastructure in less than three months.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry warned consumer countries that the batches of grain sold to the Russian Federation may partially or completely contain grain stolen as a result of marauding actions of Russian occupiers. The facts of the theft of Ukrainian grain by Russia are confirmed by both numerous testimonies of Ukrainian farmers and documentary evidence, the ministry said.

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EU IMPROVES COMMUNICATION CAPACITIES OF UKRAINIAN POLICE AND BORDER GUARDS

The European Union donated communication equipment to the National Police of Ukraine (NPU) and the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) worth over EUR 200,000.

Apart from the daily essential services, the NPU and SBGS are courageously defending Ukraine and insuring protection of its citizens. This donation is one of many that will enhance communication and coordination between the law enforcement agencies; it adds to the resilience of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s ongoing military invasion.

“The support from international partners is extremely important to us, because there is often a lack of any technical communication capabilities in regions where active hostilities continue. This equipment will enable the use of encrypted communication channels. Thanks to the technical support received, we have provided three regions and several National Police units with high-quality stable communication,” said Leonid Tymchenko, Head of NPU’s Department of Information and Analytical Support.

The NPU received nearly 600 items worth EUR 205,000. The SBGS obtained about 30 items worth more than EUR 10,000.

The donation comes as one of many delivered within the PRAVO Police project, which is currently refocused on providing an emergency assistance to Ukraine’s law enforcement and rule of law agencies. The EU project is implemented by UNOPS in close coordination with the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine.

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UKRAINE WILL BE ABLE TO EXPORT THROUGH THE EU WITHOUT ITS SEAPORTS NO MORE THAN 1.5 MLN TONS OF GRAIN PER MONTH – DEPUTY MINISTER

The export of Ukrainian agricultural products through the EU countries, including taking into account deliveries through the Danube river ports, cannot exceed 1.5 million tons per month under any circumstances, while before the blockade of its seaports by the Russian troops, the country could transship more than 5 million tons per month. million tons of agricultural crops per month.
The opinion about the need for Ukraine to work on the launch of new logistics routes and export directions was expressed by First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotsky during the expert discussion “Blocked trade: can Ukraine increase export capacity” on Friday.
“We preliminary calculated that up to one and a half million tons is still the maximum. Therefore, I think that we can count on this until May, and then only alternative directions,” Vysotsky said.
He clarified that Ukraine has enough agricultural products for export, and Ukrainian farmers can supply as much grain as they need to foreign markets, and the volume of its exports is limited only by logistics.
As reported with reference to the Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solsky, in April 2022 Ukraine exported 1.09 million tons of grain mainly through Romanian ports, which is more than five times higher than in March.
According to him, most of the export deliveries from Ukraine were carried out in April through the river ports of the Danube, since the Ukrainian Black Sea ports are blocked by Russian warships.
At the same time, the logistics of Ukrainian agricultural products through Romania may become more complicated and slow down in June, when a new crop of Romanian, Serbian, Hungarian and Bulgarian winter wheat and barley will begin to arrive at the seaports of this country and will create competition with supplies from Ukraine.

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ZAPORIZHSTAL MASTERS NEW PRODUCTION OF CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT FOR EU

Zaporizhia metallurgical plant Zaporizhstal has mastered the production of double-mass cold-rolled coil without a welded seam – the first batch of a new type of rolled metal for the construction industry has already been shipped.
According to the information of the company on Friday, the plant mastered the first new type of product this year – a cold-rolled coil of double mass without a seam with dimensions of 1.5-2.0×1370-1500 mm. The enterprise has already shipped 3,600 tonnes of a new type of rolled metal for the construction industry.
The company said that a request had been received from potential consumers from Europe.
“They wanted rolls of the fourth type of rolled products with a width of 1500 mm, but at the same time the weight of the rolls would be at least 9 tonnes. We had already produced similar products before, but it was necessary to review the technology. We almost immediately began to develop a new type of rolled products,” Deputy Head of the cold rolling shop (CHP) in charge of production Serhiy Kuzmenko, who is quoted by the company’s press service, said.
He added that the new technology was developed quickly: 14 days passed from the client’s request to the production of the first trial batch of rolls.
At the same time, earlier the company produced rolls weighing up to 8 tonnes and 3.8 mm thick. To obtain such a coil, two lightweight coils were welded in the BTA-4 line in the cold rolling shop and coils with seams were obtained. Now the production technology has changed. New coils are produced in the hot rolling shop, and their thickness is changed in the cold rolling shop. Thanks to the new production technology, it was possible not only to master a new type of product, but to save about UAH 1 million due to its implementation.
In addition, the efficiency of the pickling unit and the efficiency of the rolling mill have increased. Also, due to the fact that products are packaged not in small rolls up to 8 tonnes, but in large ones, up to 16 tonnes, the cost of packaging materials is almost halved, the company said.

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EU TO ISSUE ADDITIONAL EUR 500 MLN MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE – BORRELL

The European Union will provide an additional EUR 500 million in military assistance to Ukraine, bringing the total amount of aid to EUR 2 billion, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Friday.
He said the European Union would provide a new tranche of EUR 500 million to provide military assistance to Ukraine, thus, bringing the total amount to EUR 2 billion.

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