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STATE-RUN UKRZALIZNYTSIA WILL PROVIDE TRANSIT FOR TRAINS THROUGH UKRAINE FROM CHINA TO SLOVAKIA

JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Kyiv) will provide regular routes of the Metrans transit train in the territory of Ukraine from China to Slovakia. According to the press service of the company, the first container train from the Chinese city of Xi’an to the Slovak city of Dunajska Streda ran through Ukraine on September 27-29. It is formed of 44 forty-foot containers.
It is preliminarily planned that four pairs of container trains will run from China to Slovakia every month. In October 2019 it is planned to send two trains.
Ukrzaliznytsia notes that Metrans reoriented freight traffic along this route from the Polish territory to Ukraine as the route through Ukraine is shorter by 520 km, which saves the sender’s funds.
As reported, in 2018 Ukrzaliznytsia transported 334,963 containers in twenty-foot equivalent (TEU), which is 13% more than in 2017 (295,479 TEU).

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MAIN MARKETS FOR UKRAINIAN ELECTRICITY EXPORTS ARE HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA AND ROMANIA

Ukraine in January-May 2019 increased electricity exports by 2.3% (by 60 million kWh) compared to the same period in 2018, to 2.713 billion kWh, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry has told Interfax-Ukraine. Electricity supplies from the Burshtyn TPP Energy Island in the direction of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania increased by 9.6% (by 161.2 million kWh), to 1.847 billion kWh.
Electricity supplies to Poland decreased by 15.2% (by 99.9 million kWh), to 556.6 million kWh.
Electricity supplies to Moldova amounted to 309.5 million kWh, which is 0.4% (1.2 million kWh) less than in January-May 2018.
For the five months of 2018 and 2019, Ukrainian electricity was not exported to Belarus and Russia.
In addition, in the first five months of this year, Ukraine imported 11.8 million kWh of electricity from the Russian Federation and Belarus compared to 14.8 million kWh in January-May 2018.

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SLOVAKIA AND UKRAINE LAUNCH REGULAR TRAIN BETWEEN KOSICE AND MUKACHEVO

Ukrzaliznytsia in partnership with Slovakian Railways (ZSSK) from June 9, 2019 will launch daily trains between Kosice (Slovakia) and Mukachevo (Zakarpattia region). According to the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia, in particular, train pair Nos. 960/961 will depart from Kosice at 09:10 (local time) with arrival in Mukachevo at 14:00; and back – at 14:54 with the arrival at 18:13.
Train pair Nos. 962/963 will depart from Kosice at 12:01 with arrival in Mukachevo at 16:42; and back – at 18:20 with the arrival at 21:33. The train will make stops in Cierna nad Tisou and Chop. The ticket price will be about EUR 7.50.

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UKRAINE RESUMES GAS IMPORTS VIA SLOVAKIA AFTER COMPLETION OF REPAIR WORKS

Ukraine has resumed imports of natural gas via Slovakia, suspended from October 2 through October 6 over the scheduled repair works.
According to Slovakia’s Eustream transmission operator, gas supplies on October 7 totaled 23.6 million cubic meters (mcm), which is slightly lower than average imports in September. The application for October 8 is also 23.6 mcm.
As reported, according to the schedule of repair, the second section line of the Dolyna-Yuzhgorod-state border gas pipeline is being repaired, in particular, at compressor stations Dolyna, Rososh, KS-1 and KS-2 Yuzhgorod.
Ukraine in January-September 2018 reduced import of natural gas by 24.7% (by 2.640 billion cubic meters, bcm) compared to the same period in 2017, to 8.065 bcm. Imports from Slovakia during this period amounted to 5.017 billion cubic meters of gas (36.4% less compared to January-September 2017), from Hungary to 2.509 billion cubic meters (27.9% more), Poland to 538.7 million cubic meters (37.4% less).
Ukrtransgaz, fully owned by Naftogaz Ukrainy, operates a system of trunk gas pipelines and 12 underground gas storage facilities in the country.

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UKRAINE CONSIDERABLY INCREASES ELECTRICITY EXPORTS IN Q1, MAIN IMPORTERS – POLAND, MOLDOVA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA, ROMANIA

Ukraine increased electricity exports 18.3% in January-March 2018 year-on-year to 1.596 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry has told Interfax-Ukraine. Electricity supplies from the Burshtyn thermal power plant energy island in the direction of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania for the three month grew 0.9% compared to January-March 2017, to 1.026 billion kWh.
Electricity supplies to Poland rose 27.6%, to 423.327 million kWh. Ukraine exported 146.218 million kWh to Moldova in January-March 2018 compared to nil a year earlier.
No electricity was exported to Belarus or Russia in January-March 2018 or January-March 2017.
In March 2018, exports of Ukrainian electricity totaled 563.7 million kWh, which is 49.6% more than in March 2017.
Ukraine imported 8.92 million kWh of electricity in January-March 2018 (of which 8.559 million kWh from Russia and 0.361 million kWh from Belarus) versus 11.6 million kWh in the same period last year. Energomarket contracts account for the imports as technological transfers.

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