Business news from Ukraine


UDP Renewables, responsible for the development of projects in the field of renewable energy of UFuture Investment Group belonging to businessman Vasyl Khmelnytsky, has commissioned the 18.3 MW Free-Energy-Henichesk solar power station (Kherson region). According to the press service of the company, investment in the plant construction amounted to $18 million. The planned annual volume of electricity generation is 23,500 MWh, which will allow providing 9,000 households with energy.
During the construction of the plant, some 65,340 JinkoSolar panels were used, while additional goods and services were purchased from Ukrainian suppliers. Ukrgasbank acted as a financial partner of the project, KNESS group of companies was the general contractor, the company noted.
“We continue to develop in the “green” energy sector, as this is one of the most interesting areas of business in Ukraine today. Over the past year, the solar plants’ capacity in our country has almost doubled, but we still have room to grow compared to Europe, where the share of renewable energy averages 8.5%,” the press service said citing founder of UFuture Investment Group Vasyl Khmelnytsky.
The company also noted that UDP Renewables’ development strategy provides for the implementation of energy projects with a total capacity of 200 MW in the southern regions of Ukraine in 2018-2019.
Free-Energy-Henichesk solar plant is the second realized project of UDP Renewables, which currently also manages 6 MW Dymer solar plant-1 (Kyiv region).
UFuture Investment Group, headquartered in Brussels, was established in autumn 2017 and united the business projects of Vasyl Khmelnytsky. The group includes the Ukrainian development company UDP, whose specialization is the implementation of large infrastructure projects. In addition, the conglomerate united businesses in such areas as UDP Renewables, the Bila Tserkva industrial park, the innovation parks UNIT.City, and LvivTech.City.

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Farvater Travel (Yuzhgorod) has launched the online package trip search and booking service, investing around $300,000 since the beginning of its creation, the co-founder of the company, Tetiana Pollak, told reporters during the presentation of the service in Kyiv. The service is based on the Online Travel Agency model and allows you to select the appropriate tour package from the list of parameters on the site among 29 million current offers of tour operators. “We the online service have not yet seen a payback. We need to grow another five times to become profit-making,” she said, adding that the company had already increased online sales five times in six months.
According to her, this year, with the help of this service, more than 1,000 tours with the cost from EUR 180 to EUR 4,100 (the average cost of one trip is EUR 1,170) were booked.
The company plans to increase the volume of the serviced part of the Ukrainian market of package tours from the current almost 1% to 7% in 2020.
The company sees the profit from the service according to the scheme, which is traditional for travel agencies – the fee from the price stated by the tour operator, Pollak said. “The company has been in the non-online market for a long time, it has a significant amount of sales, and because of this, we have the largest fee,” Farvater Travel CEO Andriy Shvets said. Travel Company Farvater has been operating since 2006. The first version of the online search site was launched in October 2017, and in December, the first customers appeared. The company is owned by Tetiana and Friedrich Pollak in equal shares. The charter capital Farvater Travel is UAH 20,000.

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Vinn-Agro-Export LLC (Vinnytsia region) has begun the construction of an elevator with a capacity of 65,000 tonnes in the village Makharyntsi (Vinnytsia region). According to a report on the website of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, in an hour the elevator will be able to accept up to 600 tonnes of grain and ship up to 300 tonnes. In addition, the company plans to build a railway track branch. In future, the elevator will ship up to 50 wagons a day.
The company also plans to build a laboratory to determine grain chemical and biological composition. The expected investment is $12 million.
Vinn-Agro-Export is engaged in wholesale of grain, untreated tobacco, seeds and animal feed. According to the unified state register of legal entities and individuals, Anatoliy Yarmolenko is the ultimate beneficiary of Vinn-Agro-Export.

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Ukrzaliznytsia has repaired and reconstructed 351 km of track from the planned 1,935 km this year, the company’s press service has reported. In January-August 2018, the company reconstructed almost 184 km of track and overhauled more than 167 km, replaced 106 railroad switches for new sets. In September it is planned to reconstruct 36.1 km of track, overhaul 34 km of track, repair 118.6 km, and renew 55.4 km of track on various directions.
In general, it is planned in 2018 to repair 1,935 km of track and 1,317 sets of railroad switches. “Without an economically fair tariff, there will remain a maximum of 5,000 km out of 20,000 km of track in Ukrzaliznytsia in 10-15 years,” director for economics and finance at Ukrzaliznytsia Andriy Riazantsev said.
In the eight months of 2018, Ukrzaliznytsia invested almost UAH 8.5 billion in the development of its fixed assets, in particular, in modernization of infrastructure, the acquisition and repair of rolling stock.

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Public joint-stock company United Mining-Chemical Company, managing Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine (Dnipropetrovsk region) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Combine (Zhytomyr region), in four years after its creation has sent over UAH 1 billion in technical re-equipment and upgrade of assets, and its charter capital grew to UAH 3 billion in 2018 from UAH 1.9 billion in 2017. Acting Board Chairman Oleksandr Hladushko said in an interview posted on the company’s corporate website that on August 12, the company will celebrate the fourth anniversary.
“Our branches were returned from the lease to the management of United Mining-Chemical Company in September 2014. And the main task that the government put at that time was to increase the payments to the national budget, which is impossible without seeing profit… We successfully coped with this task: if in 2014 the state received taxes and mandatory payments from the company at the level of UAH 16.9 million, then in 2017 it was UAH 875.7 million,” Hladushko said. At the same time, he recalled that in 2017, the company paid dividends to the state in the amount of UAH 321.8 million, this year – almost UAH 333 million.
The head of the company pointed to the technical readiness of the branches to independently perform production tasks: “If immediately after the lease, the availability of special equipment did not exceed 50%, then in 2018 it grew almost twice thanks to investments and reached 90%, especially at Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine.

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UDP Renewables, part of UFuture Group of Vasyl Khmelnytsky, has built a solar power plant with an installed capacity of 18 MW in Kherson region, the businessman said on his Facebook page. “UDP Renewables has built an 18 MW solar plant in Rykove (Kherson region). Considering the fact that the Kherson sun is much more efficient than in Kyiv, we plan to fully pay back the investment ($18 million) in five or six years. The station will be connected in a few months,” he wrote. Khmelnytsky added that during the construction of the solar plant, racks, cables and inverters of Ukrainian origin were used, while solar panels were imported from China. To build the station, according to the businessman, the territory of the former industrial zone, unusable for agriculture, was used.
As reported, earlier the group of Khmelnytsky built the first stage of a solar plant with a capacity of 6 MW in the village of Velyka Dymerka of Kyiv region. After the construction of the first stage, the group attracted Spanish-based Acciona Energia Global as a partner for the expansion of the project.
UFuture Investment Group, headquartered in Brussels, was established in autumn 2017 and united the business projects of Vasyl Khmelnytsky. The group includes the Ukrainian development company UDP, whose specialization is the implementation of large infrastructure projects. In addition, the conglomerate united businesses in such areas as UDP Renewables, the Bila Tserkva industrial park, the innovative parks UNIT.City, and LvivTech.City.

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