Business news from Ukraine

BIOPHARMA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY TO INVEST $7 MLN IN NEW LABORATORY COMPLEX

Biopharma pharmaceutical company (Kyiv) plans to invest $7 million in construction of new office and laboratory complex.
The company told Interfax-Ukraine that the complex will be built on the territory of its plant in Bila Tserkva (Kyiv region).
“Some of the facilities in the territory of the scientific and production complex [in Bila Tserkva] were sold to STADA Ukraine. We decided to build a new building. It will be a separate building from the building of the fractionator plant,” the company said.
In addition, the company said that Biopharma sent $500,000 to buy laboratory equipment for the diagnosis of COVID-19, test systems, artificial lung ventilators, and blood gas analyzers.
Biopharma is a Ukrainian biotechnology company, the only plant in Eastern Europe that has modern technology, has been manufacturing and developing drugs from donated plasma for almost 50 years.

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ONE OF THE LARGEST UKRAINIAN AGRICULTURAL GROUPS PLANS TO INVEST $170 MLN IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROJECTS

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural groups, will channel $170 million in the implementation of alternative energy projects.
The agricultural group said on its Facebook page on Friday that a green energy turbine with a capacity of 7.5 MW operates to its full capacity at the oil crushing plant in Kropyvnytsky.
“Six more Kernel’s plants operate in the same format until 2021 and generating a total of 90 MW. In particular, Starokostianstyniv oil crushing plant, which is being constructed in Khmelnytsky region, will become the largest modern oil crushing plant in Ukraine,” Kernel said.
According to the group, Starokostianstyniv oil crushing plant will have a turbine with a capacity of up to 20 MW.

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ZAPORIZHKOKS INVESTS UAH 350 MLN IN UPGRADING ENTERPRISE

PrJSC Zaporizhkoks, one of the largest Ukrainian producers of coke and chemical products, part of Metinvest Group, invested UAH 348.6 million to modernize the enterprise in 2019.
According to a company press release on Friday, April 17, the plant received cost advantages of UAH 35 million from the introduction of energy efficiency measures.
At the same time, a new line for granulation of electrode pitch was put into operation in 2019, which allowed increasing the output of high-margin products.
“The company successfully implements energy efficiency projects. The project for the exchange of secondary gases between enterprises has brought about UAH 1.4 billion of cost advantages over the past three years. Zaporizhkoks partially switched to the supply of compressed air from Zaporizhstal in November 2019. Due to this, the enterprise will additionally save about UAH 3.1 million per year,” the enterprise said in a press release.
Due to the renewal of production facilities, the enterprise produced 888,900 tonnes of coke in 2019, which is 5% higher than the business plan. Under current production conditions, the annual program for the overhaul of coke oven batteries No. 2 and No. 5-6 was implemented with an investment amount of UAH 130 million.
Over the year, the plant was replenished with new technological equipment – a quencher for coke oven battery No. 2 and a door extracting machine for coke oven battery No. 5-6. The company’s investments in updating the plant amounted to more than UAH 70 million.
Investments in labor protection projects amounted to UAH 5.9 million, which was a record amount. Moreover, UAH 13.7 million was allocated to the development of the social sphere, employee salaries for the year were increased by 38.4%. The level of taxes and fees to budgets of all levels amounted to UAH 367.4 million.
Zaporizhkoks produces about 10% of coke produced in Ukraine, owns a full technological cycle of processing coke chemical products. In addition, it produces coke oven gas and pitch coke.
Metinvest is a vertically integrated group of mining companies. Its main shareholders are SCM Group (71.24%) and Smart-Holding (23.76%), jointly managing the company.
Metinvest Holding LLC is the managing company of Metinvest Group.

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UKRTELECOM TOGETHER WITH SLOVENIAN COMPANIES TO INVEST UAH 200 MLN IN OPTICAL INTERNET

Ukrtelecom together with Iskratel, the Slovenian telecommunications company, and SID Bank, the Slovenian development bank, signed a new agreement on the development of fiber-optic Internet networks (GPON) in rural zone of Ukraine, Ukrtelecom said on Monday, Mach 23.
According to the company, the new project is designed for two years and includes more than 200 settlements in 13 regions of Ukraine. Total investments in the network construction project will amount to about UAH 200 million.
“The new project is the continuation of a long-term cooperation between Ukrtelecom and Iskratel in the development of high-speed optical access networks. Within its implementation, more than 2,000 kilometers of fiber-optic communication lines will be laid and modern switching equipment assembled in Slovenia at Iskratel production centers will be installed,” reads the statement.
According to Ukrtelecom, as a result of new network construction, hundreds of thousands people of the villages of Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Odesa, Poltava, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Rivne, Kherson, Kharkiv, Cherkasy and Luhansk regions will get access to the Internet at speeds to 1 Gbps, to digital interactive television and other services of the company. This type of connection will allow communities to implement the full range of digital services.
The project includes settlements in most of which it was previously not possible to connect to wire Internet.
“Ukrtelecom as a national infrastructure telecoms operator of Ukraine has a unique opportunity to involve European financial and production partners in programs to bridge the digital divide in Ukraine,” Yuriy Kurmaz, the director of the company, said.
At this stage, the construction of the network is conducted according to the plan, namely work has begun in Kharkiv region.
The company said that the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic did not affect the planned work.

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YURIY SHUMAKHER: RDS GROUP INVESTS UAH 167 MLN IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION MACHINE FLEET IN 2019

The RDS road construction group invested almost UAH 170 million in the upgrade of its machinery fleet in 2019 and ready to enter the road construction markets of Poland and Romania, the co-owner of the group, Yuriy Shumakher, has said.
“The acquisition of modern machines, mechanisms and vehicles cost the company UAH 167.16 million. For several years now, we have been investing annually about $8 million in the renewal of our fleet of road machines,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to him, in 2019 the company’s fleet was expanded with 114 units of road machines and equipment.
Shumakher said that RDS uses its own funds, funds borrowed from Ukrainian banks and leasing companies to upgrade its fleet. Also, part of the equipment is bought through financing of manufacturing companies such as Wirtgen and Zeppelin.
The co-owner of the group said that RDS purchases mainly foreign equipment from leaders in modern engineering.
“We have ambitions to participate in tenders abroad,” Shumakher said.
According to him, unlike Ukraine, tenders in Europe have very strict criteria and a mandatory requirement, in particular, is experience in the European Union for at least three to five years.
“We participated in tenders in Moldova several times, but having no experience, we lost. Now, we are trying to analyze the market and participate in tenders in Moldova and Romania. We also plan to try to enter the Polish market as a subcontractor,” the RDS representative said.
According to him, one of the options for entering a Ukrainian company working in the field of road construction a foreign market is to buy a company abroad.
Shumakher said that RDS has been participating in international tenders for five years, working at facilities in Ukraine, which are funded by international institutions.
“We are already taking part in tenders in Ukraine for the money of international institutions. Today, a contract has been signed for the construction of the M-03 road for $12 million provided by the World Bank,” he added.
The Ukrainian group of companies RDS includes Kyivshliakhbud and Rostdorstroy. The core business is construction, reconstruction and maintenance of roads and bridges, construction of airfield complexes.
The company is building concrete road H-14 Kropyvnytsky-Mykolaiv. As part of the reconstruction of the H-31 Dnipro-Reshetylivka highway in Poltava region, RDS is building an overpass over the railway and the section of the first concrete road in Ukraine. In 2019, the company won a World Bank tender for work on the first category highway M-03 Kyiv-Kharkiv-Dovzhansky.
As of January 2020, the company operates in seven regions of Ukraine and has ten production bases.
The ultimate beneficial owners of RDS are Ukrainian citizens Yuriy Shumakher and Yevhen Konovalov. The charter capital of the company is UAH 5.13 million.

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FRANCE TO INVEST EUR 100 MLN IN LUHANSK REGION – HEAD OF LUHANSK STATE ADMINISTRATION

Head of Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai has met with Ambassador of France to Ukraine Etienne de Ponsen in Kyiv to discuss financing opportunities for the railway communication in Luhansk region.
“The meeting with the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine had good results for our region. We agreed on several issues and our French partners will provide financing for them. The amount of investment is estimated at more than EUR 100 million,” the press service of Luhansk Regional State Administration quoted Haidai as saying on Wednesday.
The funds will be spent on the construction of the railway communication to connect the Lantrativka – Kondrashivska-Nova section with the national railway system.
In addition, the sides agreed on the electrification of the railway network in the region and on the implementation of a project on cleaning the water supply system.
“The dialogue with Head of Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai regarding the priorities of the region’s economic development was very productive,” the ambassador said.

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