Business news from Ukraine

LARGE UKRAINIAN AGRICULTURAL GROUP WILL LAUNCH OIL PROCESSING PLANT

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural groups, plans to launch an oil processing plant in Starokostiantyniv district of Khmelnytsky region in early 2021, according to the annual report of Kernel Holding S.A. (Luxembourg). “The plant for processing oilseeds is located in the middle of western Ukraine, in the area with high sunflower yields and production,” chairman of the board of directors Andriy Verevsky said.
According to him, the capacity of the processing plant will be one million tonnes of grain per year, the volume of oil storage facilities is 100,000 tonnes. Commissioning is scheduled for early 2021. The construction of a combined heat and power plant with a capacity of 22 MW running on sunflower husk is also envisaged.
According to Verevsky, the company plans by the end of 2020 to install similar heat and power plants at all its plants, their total capacity will be 72 MW.
In addition, Kernel plans in 2019 to put into operation the second grain terminal of the company in Chornomorsk.
The launch of the first phase of the second terminal TransGrainTerminal with a capacity of one million tonnes per year is scheduled for January 2019. The entire terminal will be completed by the end of 2019, its capacity will be 4 million tonnes of grain per year.

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BRITISH OIL AND GAS COMPANY STARTS DRILLING WELL IN UKRAINE

Cadogan Petroleum, the British oil and gas company with assets in Ukraine, has commenced drilling the shallow Vovche-2 well on the Bitlianska license (Lviv region), the company has reported on the website of the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
Cadogan said that the well is anticipated to take 20 days to drill and will then be put on production if successful. The well is designed to test the potential of satellite prospects around an established, old oil field.
A heavier rig is being selected to drill the Blazh-10 well on the Monastyretska license (Lviv region) as planned at a depth of about 3,500 meters. The well is expected to spud in November and is anticipated to take three months to drill, the company said.
The Vovche-2 well and the Blazh-10 well fulfil the company’s remaining commitments on the Bitlianska and Monastyretska exploration licenses, a prerequisite to convert them into production licenses.

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UKRAINE INCREASES OIL AND GAS CONDENSATE PRODUCTION

Crude oil production in Ukraine in January-August 2018 grew by 2.7% year-over-year, to 1.004 million tonnes. The Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine that gas condensate production grew by 0.8%, to 441,936 tonnes.
Naftogaz Ukrainy’s enterprises increased oil production by 2.9% in January-August 2018, to 976,820 tonnes, but decreased gas condensate output by 7.1%, to 278,330 tonnes. A 2.9% rise was seen in oil production by Ukrnafta, to 926,300 tonnes and a 16.1% fall in production of gas condensate, to 33,400 tonnes, while Ukrgazvydobuvannia cut oil production by 9%, to 50,520 tonnes and gas condensate by 5.7%, to 244,930 tonnes.
Other oil producing companies in January-August 2018 increased crude oil production by 26.3%, to 26,684 tonnes and condensate – by 17.7%, to 163,606 tonnes.
As reported, in 2017, Ukraine cut oil and gas condensate production by 4.2%, to 2.098 million tonnes.

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IBM WINS TENDER TO DEVELOP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY FOR THE LARGEST OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COMPANY IN UKRAINE

IBM Ukraine LLC, which is wholly owned by IBM Central and Eastern Europe, has won a tender called by NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy to have its strategy for information technology developed. IBM Ukraine, with a bid of UAH 3.748 million (VAT included), defeated other bidders, namely Ernst & Young (E&Y) and PwC Polska, Naftogaz announced in the ProZorro e-procurement system. The services must be provided by December 31, 2018.
The goal is to determine the level of IT maturity and ensure maximum efficiency from investments in IT. As a result, the target operating model of the company’s IT and the development roadmap should be developed, including a portfolio of projects, the necessary resources and portfolio management processes.
The IT analysis should be carried out for Naftogaz and its subsidiaries, namely Ukrtransgaz, Ukrgazvydobuvannya, Ukrtransnafta, Ukrspetstransgaz, Chornomornaftogaz, and Ukravtogaz.
Naftogaz Ukrainy unites the largest oil and gas producing enterprises of the country. It is a monopolist in transit and storage of natural gas in underground storage facilities, as well as transportation of crude oil by pipelines throughout the country.

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UKRAINE IMPORTS OIL FOR $227 MLN IN JAN-JUNE 2018

Ukraine decreased imports of crude oil (foreign trade code 2709) by 3.3% or 14,071 tonnes in January-June 2018 year-over-year, to 416,520 tonnes.
The State Fiscal Service reported that oil for $227.374 million was imported, which is 24.4% more than in January-June 2017 ($182.777 million).
Ukraine in January-June 2018 imported crude oil for $214.112 million from Azerbaijan, $7.176 million from Algeria, $4.018 million from Iran and $2.067 million from other countries.
The country did not export crude oil in January-June. As reported, Ukraine in 2011 imported 5.826 million tonnes of oil for $4.384 billion, in 2012 – 1.544 million tonnes for $1.233 billion, in 2013 – 761,058 tonnes for $630.282 million, in 2014 – 178,613 tonnes for $146.533 million, in 2015 – 248,158 tonnes for $89.039 million, in 2016 – 515,954 tonnes for $173.835 million, in 2017 – 1.013 million tonnes of oil for $442.219 million.

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UKRAINE, AZERBAIJAN DISCUSS AZERI LIGHT OIL SUPPLY TO EUROPEAN REFINERIES

Ukraine and Azerbaijan at a meeting of the bilateral working group for energy issues on June 14 in Baku discussed delivery of oil from Azerbaijan to Ukrainian and European oil refineries, the press service of Ukraine’s Energy and Coal Industry Ministry has reported. “The sides discussed the state of the implementation of a project to supply various types of oil to Ukrainian oil refineries and to the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe,” the ministry said.
The involvement of Ukraine to the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project was also discussed.
As reported, Ukraine increased imports of crude oil (foreign trade code 2709) by 36.8% or 102,260 tonnes in January-May 2018 year-over-year, to 380,196 tonnes.
The State Fiscal Service reported that oil for $205.489 million was imported, which is 66.8% more than in January-May 2017 ($123.194 million).
Ukraine in January-May 2018 imported crude oil for $194.853 million from Azerbaijan, $7.176 million from Algeria, $1.844 million from Iran and $1.616 million from other countries.

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