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RDS ROAD CONSTRUCTION GROUP TO EXPAND IN UKRAINE

The RDS road construction group, which is already represented in seven regions of Ukraine, is preparing for the expansion of its geographic footprint in the country, the co-owner of the group, Yevhen Konovalov, has said.
“Today we work in seven regions – Odesa (in the region and its central city), Mykolaiv, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Poltava, Vinnytsia and Kyiv regions. I would like to keep the list of the regions we are planning to enter this year a secret, but we have plans for at least three regions today. We will give more information about them soon,” he said in an exclusive interview to Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Konovalov, competition on the road construction and maintenance market has increased in recent years due to a growth in activities of Ukrainian and foreign companies.
“In order to stay afloat, we should expand the chain of our plants and production facilities. This will allow us saving the usual level of production and work load. They say that big companies are monopolizing the market, acting in collusion, but this is not true. Competition in our market is extremely high, we are competing using technologies and human resource,” the co-owner of group said.
While commenting on peculiarities of tenders in this area in Ukraine, Konovalov stressed that the cost of further maintenance should be included in the price of road construction.
“The tender amount can be very big at once, as it should include both the construction and road maintenance for a term of three to five years. Hence, tender financing should be as follows: UAH 100 million directly for the construction and another UAH 30 million for maintenance,” he said.
The co-owner of RDS also said that the group is currently discussing the issue with the management of Ukravtodor State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine.
“The main thing is that the contractor, who had won a road construction tender, should be in charge of maintenance of new roads instead, and not the state represented by regional automobile road agencies with their outmoded equipment,” Konovalov said.
He added that besides maintenance the company should monitor the road quality on its own for five to ten years, as this is guaranteed by banking institutions.
“If the road service requests road repairs, then we will fix it. Otherwise, the bank with withdraw money from our account,” the co-owner of RDS said.
The Ukrainian group of companies RDS includes Kyivshliakhbud and Rostdorstroy. Its core business is construction, modernization 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 facilities.
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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STATE-RUN UKRAVTODOR ANNOUNCES START OF ROAD REPAIRS 18 REGIONS

The State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) has begun road repair and construction work at 118 sites in 18 regions, Head of Ukravtodor Oleksandr Kubrakov said on his Facebook page.
He noted that 100 objects are funded by the State Road Fund and 18 in the framework of cooperation between Ukravtodor and international financial organizations.
“Mostly preparatory work is being done at this stage, but, for example, asphalt is already laid on roads H-30 and H-09,” he added.
Other facilities, he said, are still at the public procurement stage. In 2020, some 289 tenders were announced, the total expected cost is UAH 28 billion.

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ROSTDORSTROY FROM UKRAINE CARRIES OUT REBRANDING TO RDS

The Rostdorstroy group of road construction companies, as part of expanding its business, carries out rebranding and will be renamed RDS, co-owner of the group Yuriy Shumakher has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
“We decided that the name of the company Rostdorstroy is long and heavy, especially for the European market, in which we, in addition to the Ukrainian market, want to be represented,” he said, noting that rebranding will allow the company to develop more actively in international markets.
According to the expert, ubiquitous digitalization and a huge flow of information force brands and companies to grow rapidly, in particular changing their visual image.
“Everything is becoming more simplified, easy,” he said.
He noted that initially the company was created as the Rost (Growth) investment group for construction of housing and commercial real estate.
“When we decided to invest in roads in 2005, we called the project Rostdorstroy. Now we work in the field of road construction and are already in the top three companies in this market,” he described the evolutionary path of development of the company and its brands.
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-Dolzhansky.
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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ROAD PATCHING REPAIRS MUST REMAIN IN PAST – UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

Ukraine must refuse road patching repairs, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stated. “Patching repairs should be a thing of the past,” he said during a press conference on road repairs in Kyiv. According to the president, the construction and overhauls of roads should account for about 80% of all road works.
Zelensky also emphasized the importance of providing guarantees for all road construction works so that “asphalt does not disappear with snow.”
“We must build in order to destroy. To break the stereotype that Ukraine and good roads are not compatible concepts,” Zelensky said.
At the same time, the president noted that at present only 15 regions of the country had approved the list of road construction and repairs.
“We expect that local authorities will intensify their work and approve the list of construction and repair of roads. Today only 15 regions have done so … And three regions have not passed the list at all (Lviv, Zakarpattia and Sumy regions),” he said.
Zelensky also recalled that the plans for 2020 are to upgrade 4,000 km of state roads.
The government also plans in 2020 to build 2,500 km of local roads, for which UAH 22.2 billion will be allocated, or 70% more than was used last year. In general, this will allow creating about 12,000 new jobs.

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PRIME MINISTER OF UKRAINE: LARGE-SCALE ROAD BUILDING TO START ON MARCH 1

Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk has said he hopes that a large-scale building of roads will start on March 1, 2020.
“Since March 1, a large-scale building [of roads] to start…This year it is necessary to prepare for the most early start of the season. We, in turn, will try to complete all the procedures by this moment,” he said during a press conference Roads UA 2020 in Kyiv on Monday.
He also asked the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) to favor this.
“We know that there are certain difficulties, that someone is doing stupid things: disputes every second tender in the Antimonopoly Committee. We ask the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine do not accept such a model of behavior. Respond by the quick, honest work,” Honcharuk added.

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UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT RATIFIES AGREEMENT WITH EIB TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY

The Verkhovna Rada has ratified a financial agreement between Ukraine and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to improve road safety. Some 334 deputies voted on Thursday for corresponding draft law No. 0014 of December 13, 2019, the parliament’s website said.
According to the text of the explanatory note, the agreement stipulates the provision by Ukraine of the EIB state guarantee to ensure the implementation of the project “Improving Road Safety in Ukrainian Cities.”
It is expected that the project will reduce the number of accidents and the severity of their consequences; increase the share of travel by bicycle, on foot or by public transport in the total volume of traffic and, accordingly, reduce the number of trips by private transport. In addition, the project will reduce the time spent by passengers at public transport stops, as well as the operating costs of road transport owners and emissions of harmful substances into the air.
According to Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy, the estimated cost of the project is EUR 177 million, of which an IEB loan is EUR 75 million (the agreement was signed on July 9, 2018), a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is estimated at EUR 75 million (it is planned to sign the agreement in 2020 year), and own funds of cities and technical assistance totaling EUR 27 million.
“Improving safety for the cities of Lviv, Odesa, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Kamenetz-Podilsky includes improving the infrastructure of road intersections, infrastructure for cyclists and public transport, arranging facilities to reduce speed in settlements and near schools, etc.,” he said on his Facebook page on Thursday evening.

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