Business news from Ukraine

OLKOM PLANS TO SUPPLY FIRST BATCH OF GOODS TO POLAND

The Olkom Group plans in autumn 2019 to supply a first batch of goods (margarine spread) to Poland, Board Chairman of PrJSC Kyiv Margarine Plant, which is part of the group, Yuriy Yevenko has said.
“We will start trial deliveries to Europe this season – in September. Now we are negotiating with one Polish company. However, they want products under their own trademark, so we will not export under our own trademark yet. The volume of the first delivery is 40 tonnes: this is enough so that they put the products on the shelves of supermarkets. We plan to increase the share of direct exports to 10% of the total production within three to five years,” Yevenko told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to him, the company increased production by 75% in January-March 2019 (mainly thanks to b2b products), and by the end of the year it plans to double production in monetary terms.
“Last year we earned about UAH 600 million of revenue, and this year we set a goal to earn UAH 1.2 billion,” he said.
He added that in 2018, the company produced about 40,000 tonnes of products, of which 23,000 tonnes were tolling services for oil refining.
Over 2018-2019, company has invested about $1 million in boosting the production capacity, and is currently in talks with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and two investment funds.
At the same time, according to Yevenko, in three to five years, Olkom should complete the repayment on loans attracted about 10 years ago and consider expanding production outside Kyiv, but the company does not intend to leave the site in Kyiv.

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UKRAINE INCREASES REVENUE FROM ELECTRICITY EXPORT, KEY CLIENTS – HUNGARY, POLAND, MOLDOVA

Ukraine in January-March 2019 increased revenue from exports of electricity by 22.2% or $17.895 million compared with January-March 2018, to $98.366 million, including $33.798 million in March alone.
Hungary bought electricity worth $58.014 million, Poland $22.13 million, Moldova $13.635 million, other countries $4.587 million, Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service has said.
Over the period under review, Ukraine imported electricity worth $0.263 million, in particular, electricity imports from the Russian Federation were estimated at $0.249 million, from Belarus at $0.012 million, from Moldova at $0.002 million.
As reported, Ukraine in 2018 exported electricity worth $331.942 million. Hungary bought electricity worth $189.958 million, Poland $78.763 million, Moldova $53.144 million, and other countries $10.078 million. Exports of Ukrainian electricity in monetary terms in 2018 increased by 40.9% compared to 2017.
Ukraine increased electricity exports by 19.3% or 999.4 million kWh in 2018, to 6.166 billion kWh.
According to the forecast, Ukraine in 2019 plans to export 6.42 billion kWh of electricity, and this is slightly more than in 2018 (6.2 billion kWh).

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RAILROAD COMPANY UKRZALIZNYTSIA LAUNCHES CONTAINER TRAIN TO POLAND, PLANS TO LAUNCH TO LITHUANIA

JSC Ukrzaliznytsia has launched a new regular container train from the station Nyzhniodniprovsk-Vuzol station to Slawkow (Poland).
According to a report on Ukrzaliznytsia’s website, this train will collect containers from the Zaporizhia, Mariupol-Sortuvalny and Nikopol stations every Saturday.
“The direct container train, which follows a strict schedule without maneuvering operations on the way and with an accelerated border crossing technology, is a year-round all-weather alternative to road transportation,” Ukrzaliznytsia Head Yevhen Kravtsov commented on the launch of the train.
According to the state railway carrier, this is already the 19th container train, which will run on an ongoing basis, eight of which are transit trains.
“Now we are considering the possibility of organizing new container trains on the route Lithuania-Ukraine-Lithuania,” the expert said.

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ANDRZEJ RAJKIEWICZ FROM POLAND ELECTED HEAD OF SUPERVISORY BOARD OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUND

The supervisory board of the Energy Efficiency Fund has elected Andrzej Rajkiewicz its head, the press service of Deputy Prime Minister, Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Minister of Ukraine Hennadiy Zubko has reported.
“Rajkiewicz was elected head of the supervisory board of the Energy Efficiency Fund – a person who has extensive experience in energy efficiency in Poland and other European countries. This decision was made at the first meeting of the fund’s supervisory board on December 17,” Zubko said.
According to him, the meeting also approved the rules of procedure for the meetings of the supervisory board, determined the procedure for selecting members of the directorate and the head of the internal audit unit, approved the action plan for 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. In addition, the announcement of the tender to select management is expected.
As reported, four members of the fund’s supervisory board have already been selected, the last one is expected to be defined – a representative from the European Union.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine selected its representatives in the supervisory board of the Energy Efficiency Fund: Deputy Finance Minister Yuriy Heletei and Director of the life-support systems economy department of the Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Ministry Natalia Khotsianovska.
Winners of the tender to select independent members of the supervisory board of the Energy Efficiency Fund are Andrzej Rajkiewicz Миралинкс (Poland) and Yulia Sabatiuk (Ukraine).
Two representatives from the government, one representative from international donors and two independent representatives will be members of the supervisory board of the Energy Efficiency Fund. They are elected for five years.

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MAJOR BUYERS OF UKRAINIAN ELECTRICITY – HUNGARY, POLAND, MOLDOVA

Ukraine in January-November 2018 exported electricity worth $297.619 million, including $31.505 million in November alone. Hungary bought electricity worth $170.705 million, Poland $70.792 million, Moldova $48.019 million, other countries $8.103 million, Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service has said. Over the period under review, Ukraine imported electricity worth $1.316 million, in particular, electricity imports from the Russian Federation were estimated at $1.245 million, from Belarus at $0.064 million, from Moldova at $0.008 million.
As reported, Ukraine plans in 2018 to increase exports of electricity to the EU and Moldova by 13.3% from 2017 to 5.855 billion kWh. According to the forecast for 2018, deliveries from the Burshtyn TPP energy island to Hungary, Slovakia, Romania will be 3.6 billion kWh, to Poland 1.2 billion kWh, and to Moldova 1.055 billion kWh.

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UKRAINE WANTS TO EXPAND RAILWAY SERVICES TO POLAND

The Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine jointly with the Infrastructure Ministry of Poland are working on restoration of two train services in 2019, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said at a press conference in Kyiv.
“Together with our Polish colleagues, we are working on the restoration of railway services on the Przemyśl-Malhowice-Nyzhankovychi (Lviv region) line, as well as for Lublin-Lviv. I am sure that these lines have the future,” he said.
Omelyan said that the initiative to resume the railway services between Ukraine and Poland came from Infrastructure Minister of Poland Andrzej Adamczyk.
“We agreed that in December Ukrzaliznytsia and the Polish railway will finally agree on the launch format of these lines, and closer to the New Year we will be able to announce the terms for their implementation,” the Ukrainian minister said.
Omelyan also reported that today the decision was made to launch a container train between China and Europe, namely between China and Poland, on the territory of Ukraine.
“We plan that the number of such trains will be about 1,000 a year,” he said.

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