Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE AND SLOVAKIA TO DO EVERYTHING FOR STABLE GAS SUPPLIES TO EUROPE

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Ukraine and Slovakia would do their best for ensuring stable supplies of gas to Europe.
“Ukraine and Slovakia are reliable gas transit countries, and we will make every effort to ensure uninterrupted gas supplies to the European market,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday after meeting with Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová.

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UKRAINE SUSPENDS OPERATOR CERTIFICATE OF EUROPE AIR CARRIER

The State Aviation Service of Ukraine suspended the Air Operator’s Certificate No.UK 046 of Europe Air Kyiv Airline from 00:00 UTC (03:00 Kyiv time) on July 27, 2019.
The decision was taken by the permanent Commission on certification of operators, organizations for the maintenance and continuing airworthiness, designers and manufacturers of aircraft, schools for pilot training in Ukraine, flight and technical personnel of the State Aviation Service, as the regulator’s press service reported.
According to the State Register of Aircraft of Ukraine, Europe Air operates five freight IL-76 TD planes, which were produced in 1900-1992 and belong to Infinite Seal Inc.
The company’s airport is based in Kryvyi Rih, however, the flights are mainly served from the airport in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) to the states of Africa, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Georgia and Lithuania, the company says on its website.
Revenue of Europe Air was UAH 2.2 million, a net profit – UAH 0.26 million in 2017.

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DTEK PLANS TO IMPORT ELECTRICITY FROM EUROPE

DTEK intends to begin importing electricity from Europe within the Burshtyn Energy Island in July 2019, according to the Facebook page of D.TRADING.
“Our company also plans to start importing electricity as early as July with the further active development of this direction of business in the coming months,” Dmytro Maliar, the director for the D.TRADING energy portfolio management, said.
According to him, imports in the new market will allow increasing the level of competition.
Earlier, on July 1, ERU Trading LLC announced the implementation of test imports of electricity from Slovakia and Hungary within the Burshtyn Energy Island.
D.TRADING conducts wholesale trade in electricity, natural gas and coal in the domestic and foreign energy markets.

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UKRAINE FOR FIRST TIME ENTERS RANKING OF WORKING DRILLING RIGS IN EUROPE, TAKING LEADING POSITION

For the first time, Ukraine has been included in the world rating pf operating oil and gas drilling rigs by Baker Hughes GE Rig Coun, in which it took the leading position in Europe in terms of the number of machines involved in drilling.
According to the press service of the Association of Gas Producers of Ukraine, which initiated including Ukraine in this rating, in May 186 drilling rigs operated in Europe (44 offshore platforms), almost half of which (84) worked in Ukraine.
Turkey (20 working machines) and the United Kingdom (16) follow Ukraine in the ranking, the association said.
“Over the past three years, Ukraine has carried out important reforms in domestic gas production, which consisted in improving the regulatory field and modernizing the relevant legislation. These changes are already noticed not only by Ukrainian but also by foreign investors – our country is becoming more attractive for them. Including Ukraine in the BHGE Rig Count index is extremely important because it demonstrates revival in the domestic market and serves as a good indicator for the leading gas producing and service companies to come to Ukraine,” executive director of the association Roman Opimakh said.

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U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY PERRY – UKRAINE CAN BECOME TEXAS OF EUROPE

Ukraine has large resource potential and can become European Texas, U.S. Energy Secretary has said. Perry made the remarks during a meeting with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council.
“Ukraine is unique in the sense of where it finds itself in the world at this particular point in time. Not only can they be a major supplier from the standpoint of bringing LNG in through Poland in particular, and then supplying Europe from there. But the potential for exploration and production in Ukraine – this is quite a statement from me, but Ukraine would be the Texas of Europe. The formations that are here — the potential for the development of those is, I think it’s staggering. I remind people that a decade ago, they told us that we had found all the fuel — the fossil fuels — in the world. They called it peak oil, remember? The guy traveled the country giving a speech about peak oil. And those resources were always there. But innovation and technology allowed us to be able to access them. And today the United States is the number-one oil and gas producing country in the world. And that’s a stunning turnaround,” said Perry, who was Texas Governor from 2000 to 2015.
The U.S. Energy Secretary added that many U.S. companies are interested in cooperation with Ukraine.

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SKYUP WILL LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO EUROPE AND GEORGIA FROM DECEMBER

SkyUp airline will launch regular flights from Kyiv to Tbilisi (Georgia) from December 27 this year, to Sofia (Bulgaria) from December 28, to Poprad (Slovakia) and Barcelona (Spain) from December 29.
“The first good news from SkyUp,” Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said on Facebook.
Tickets for flights to Tbilisi, Poprad and Barcelona in the booking system on the airline’s website are available until the end of March 2019, and to Sofia only until mid-January.
Flights to Tbilisi will be performed on Thursdays and Sundays (the minimum cost is from UAH 1,508), to the Tatras on Sundays and partially Thursdays (from UAH 954), to Barcelona on Wednesdays and Saturdays (from UAH 1,508), and to Sofia on Fridays (from UAH 1,329).
SkyUp Airline LLC was registered in Kyiv in June 2016. The founder of SkyUp was ACS-Ukraine LLC belonging to Tetiana Alba and Yuriy Alba, who also own JoinUp! tour operator.
The company began charter flights from the end of May 2018.

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