Business news from Ukraine

DANISH COMPANY DONATES EQUIPMENT TO UKRAINE TO REPAIR WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

The Danish company Aarsleff Pipe Technologies, engaged in trenchless rehabilitation and repair of pipelines, has handed over equipment to Ukraine for the repair of water supply and drainage systems in war-affected areas, the press service of the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine has reported.
According to the report, equipment worth UAH 1.2 million was delivered to Zhytomyr, Malyn, Berdychiv, Korosten (all in Zhytomyr region), Kramatorsk (Donetsk region), Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Sumy.
Earlier, Aarsleff and the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development agreed to supply equipment valued at EUR 400,000.
Aarsleff Pipe Technologies is engaged in trenchless pipeline renewal. The company is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S and the group has annual revenue of EUR 1.6 billion.

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ROMANIA WILL UNDERTAKE REPAIR OF BROAD-GAUGE RAILWAY TO INCREASE SUPPLY OF GRAIN FROM UKRAINE

Romania has announced a tender for the repair of a broad-gauge railway connecting its Danube river port of Galati and the Moldovan river port of Giurgiulesti in order to transport grain from Ukraine without changing the rolling stock, since exports from Ukrainian seaports are blocked by warships of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation.
On the relevant statement of the Minister of Transport of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu, MP of Ukraine Dmitry Solomchuk (Servant of the People faction) wrote on his Telegram channel on Monday.
“Romania plans to urgently repair the old broad-gauge railway connecting the port of Galati from Giurgiulesti, located across the border with Moldova, so that freight trains loaded with grain from Ukraine can reach the ships without wasting time changing wheels at the border. A tender has been announced,” the MP said. in the social network.
According to Solomchuk, the advantage of the port of Galati is the ability to load both river and sea vessels.
Transportation of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea remains the cheapest solution, despite the increase in the cost of ship insurance due to the Russian blockade of the Black Sea.
“Minister of Transport Sorin Grindeanu said that this Danube port, together with the port of Constanta, will become one of the key points in the region for the transport of goods and raw materials. Ukraine exports most of its grain to North Africa, and the Black Sea is the shortest route. Alternatives would be through the port Gdansk or Trieste, but the routes would be much longer,” the deputy summed up.
As reported, the Ukrainian and Romanian relevant ministries at the end of March began negotiations on the export of agricultural products from Ukraine through European seaports, including the Romanian port of Constanta.
The first cargo of Ukrainian corn weighing 71 thousand tons since the beginning of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine left the Black Sea port of Constanta on April 29 to the recipient.
The countries bordering Ukraine have responded to its problem with the export of agricultural products and have already significantly simplified the procedures for registering freight traffic or are actively working on it. In particular, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, as well as Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Denmark, Greece, Austria introduced liberal conditions for Ukrainian carriers.
Before the Russian military invasion, Ukraine monthly exported about 5 million tons of agricultural products through the ports of Odessa and Nikolaev, but now, due to their naval blockade by the Russian Federation, it can transport about 500 thousand tons of grain monthly. This leads to a monthly shortfall of about $1.5 billion in export earnings for the country.

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STATE ROADS AGENCY OF UKRAINE INTENDS TO REPAIR 6,800 KM OF ROADS IN 2021

The State Roads Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) intends to repair 6,800 km of roads in 2021, said head of the agency Oleksandr Kubrakov.
“In 2020, the road sector has become a state priority. The program for 2020 envisages 4,000 km of roads. In 2021, we plan to repair and build more than 6,000 km of roads,” he said during an online presentation of the first public-private partnership program on Thursday.

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UKRAVTODOR HAS REPAIRED 11 BRIDGES ACROSS UKRAINE

The State Agency for Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor), within the framework of the National Program for the Renewal of Bridges, announces the completion of restoration work at 11 out of 103 objects planned for 2020.
Agreements on repairs on 60 bridges have also been drawn up to date: 39 of them are already in operation, and repairs of 21 bridges will begin in the near future, Ukravtodor reported on its Facebook page on Wednesday.
Another 30 bridges are in the procurement phase, and two are awaiting tender announcements.
Earlier, Ukravtodor reported that as of September 1, contractors completed work on the arrangement of the upper layer of 1,700 km of roads. Today, in general, work is being carried out on 4,000 km of roads of national importance.

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STATE AUTOMOBILE ROADS AGENCY OF UKRAINE DEVELOPES FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM FOR REPAIR OF 24,000 KM OF HIGHWAYS

The State Automobile Roads Agency of Ukraine, also known as Ukravtodor, is developing a five-year program for repair of 24,000 km of international, national and regional highways worth UAH 500 billion, acting Head of Ukravtodor Slawomir Nowak has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
“Now, at the request of the President’s Office, we are preparing a program of repairs of the country’s main roads of M-N-R types with a total length of 24,000 km. We are calculating about UAH 500 billion for this program for five years,” he said.
The head of the state agency said that over the past few years, Ukraine has significantly increased prices for the main materials from which the asphalt mix is made: bitumen has doubled in price, and crushed stone prices grew 2.6 times.
He also said that he was considering attracting funds from international financial institutions (IFIs) for this program: European banks and the World Bank.
Earlier, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in the media that it is needed 10 years and UAH 1 trillion for the repair of roads in Ukraine.

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GERMAN KFW COULD PROVIDE EUR 150 MLN FOR ROAD REPAIR IN UKRAINE AND DREDGING WORKS AT ODESA SEAPORT

Germany’s state-run development bank (KfW) could provide EUR 60 million to Ukraine for the completion of construction of a breakwater and dredging works at the Odesa seaport and EUR 90 million for overhaul of H08 Zaporizhia-Mariupol highway and restoration of H32 Pokrovsk-Bakhmut-Mykhailivka road.
“Negotiations with KfW on a loan: EUR 60 million to complete the construction of a breakwater in the port of Odesa and EUR 90 million to overhaul H08 Zaporizhia-Mariupol roads,” Deputy Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine for European integration Viktor Dovhan wrote on his Facebook page.
At the same time, according to a posting on the website of the Infrastructure Ministry, Minister Volodymyr Omelyan confirmed Ukraine’s interest in borrowing from the Federal Republic of Germany in the amount of EUR 150 million (the KfW loan) provided for the restoration of transport infrastructure in the eastern regions of Ukraine. In particular, the Infrastructure Ministry plans to implement the following projects: the construction of a breakwater and the implementation of works to deepen the water area of the port of Odesa; repair works at the national road N08 Boryspil-Dnipro-Zaporizhia (through Kremenchuk)-Mariupol on the Zaporizhia-Mariupol road section and the restoration and improvement of the transport and operational condition of the H32 Pokrovsk-Bakhmut-Mykhailivka state-sustained highway.
According to the Infrastructure Ministry, Germany also expressed interest in participating in the modernization of the electric locomotives of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia and in electrifying the railways, in particular, in the south of Ukraine, near the ports.
In addition, as a result of negotiations with Germany, Ukraine will receive an additional 20,000 bilateral permits for road haulage, which will be valid until the end of January 2019.
In addition, the parties agreed to consider the possibility of increasing the quota of permits for 2019.

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