Business news from Ukraine

EBRD COULD PROVIDE EUR 51 MLN LOAN TO UKRGAZVYDOBUVANNIA

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is mulling a project to provide a debt funding of EUR 51.9 million to PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia to finance the procurement of workover rigs and a package of energy efficiency investments.
According to a report on the bank’s website, the Board of Directors will discuss the project on December 12, 2018.
According to the document, the loan will benefit from a sovereign guarantee by Ukraine.
Ukrgazvydobuvannia, fully owned by Naftogaz Ukrainy, is the country’s largest gas producer, which provides about 75% of the total gas production in the country.
As reported, the EBRD recently defined operational and strategic priorities in Ukraine for the next five years: privatization and improved governance in the public sector, energy security and energy efficiency.
The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. To date, the bank has made a cumulative commitment of almost EUR 12.1 billion across some 400 projects since the start of its operations in the country in 1993.

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UKRGAZVYDOBUVANNIA TO BUY MOBILE DRILLING RIG FROM CHINA’S ZHONGMAN

Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Corp. (China) has won a tender of JSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia to buy a new mobile drilling rig with a capacity of 125 tonnes for UAH 351.08 million (VAT included). According to the ProZorro e-procurement system, Ukrgazvydobuvannia posted a notification about the plans to sign the contract on October 2. The equipment is to be delivered before May 31, 2019. Sichuan Honghua Petroleum Equipment Co., China Petroleum Technology & Development Corporation, Yantai Jereh Petroleum Equipment & Technologies Co. and Redditizio Limited took part in the tender.
According to the tender documents, the drilling rig will be used to overhaul wells with depth of up to 6,000 meters and drill wells with depth of up to 2,800 meters. As reported, at the end of 2017, Ukrgazvydobuvannia signed a contract with Bentec GmbH Drilling & Oilfield Systems (Germany) to supply five drilling rigs with a capacity of 450 tonnes (2,000 HP) for $110 million. The first rig will be supplied in October 2018.

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UKRGAZVYDOBUVANNIA SIGNS UAH 4 BLN DRILLING CONTRACTS WITH CHINESE COMPANIES

PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia has signed contracts with Xinjiang Beiken Energy Engineering (XBEE) and Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group (ZPNGG) to drill 36 wells for UAH 4.032 billion. According to a report in the ProZorro e-procurement system, at the end of July the contract with ZPNGG for UAH 723.52 million was signed (lot 7), and the contract with XBEE for UAH 3.308 billion (lots 1-5) was signed at the end of August.
The company rejected the proposal of Energofinance LLC for lot 6 and plans to sign a contract with XBEE for UAH 776.991 million.
As reported, Ukrgazvydobuvannia announced a tender for drilling 42 more wells at the end of December 2017. The tender was held early February.
The strategy of the company until 2020 envisaged the increase in gas production from 14.5 billion cubic meters in 2015 and 2016 to 15.2 billion cubic meters in 2017, 16.5 billion cubic meters in 2018, 18.3 billion cubic meters in 2019, and 20.1 billion cubic meters in 2020.

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GERMAN BASF AND UKRGAZVYDOBUVANNIA SIGN THREE-YEAR CONTRACT TO SUPPLY FUEL ADDITIVES

Public joint-stock company Ukrgazvydobuvannia and Germany’s BASF chemical concern have signed a three-year contract for supply of fuel additives for Shebel fuel, the press service of Ukrgazvydobuvannia has reported. Under the contract, two specially designed packages will be supplied: Keropur 3802 Shebel and Keropur DP Shebel. Keropur 3802 Shebel package is required to receive fuel with best purification behavior, and Keropur DP Shebel also has good purification behavior, it reduces foaming behavior and increases cetane number.
“The fuel additive packages allow saving on fuel consumption, have good corrosion resistant behavior and reduce engine deterioration,” the press service of Ukrgazvydobuvannia said.
Ukrgazvydobuvannia, which is wholly owned by NSJC Naftogaz Ukrainy, is a large gas processing company, which accounts for about 75% of total gas output in the country.
It operates Shebelynka gas refinery, Yablunivske department to process gas, Bazylivschyna condensate stabilization unit, and 19 filling stations in Kharkiv region. The latter sells fuel and liquefied gas of its own production. Shebelynka gas refinery started production of petrol and diesel fuel of Euro 5 emission standard in 2018.

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LARGE GAS PROCESSING COMPANY UKRGAZVYDOBUVANNIA HAS A SLIGHT RISE IN PRODUCTION

JSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia in January-May 2018 increased gas production by 1% or 0.063 billion cubic meters (bcm) year-over-year, to 6.288 bcm, the company’s press service reported last week. The press service said that this production volume in the first five months of the year was reached for the first time since 2014. “For the fourth consecutive month, the company has been increasing daily gas production within the limits of 1 million cubic meters due to all types of operational activity, but since the existing resource base of the company is almost 70% depleted, the natural decline exceeds the growth. The non-issue of new licenses hinders the development of the new resource base of Ukrgazvydobuvannia,” the head of the company, Oleh Prokhorenko, said.
At the same time, he said that the company from the end of this month overcame the May negative factor and moved to the actual increase in daily production compared to last year.
The press service said that in the third and fourth quarters of 2018, Ukrgazvydobuvannia plans to launch new technological capacities: eight booster compressor stations, an increase of up to 50 tools for work-out of wells of external contractors, ten coiled tubing and nitrogen units, and the launch of new wells of external drilling contractors.
Ukrgazvydobuvannia, which is wholly owned by NSJC Naftogaz Ukrainy, is a large gas processing company, which accounts for about 75% of total gas output in the country.

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UKRGAZVYDOBUVANNIA DISCOVERS NEW FIELD IN KHARKIV REGION WITH PROSPECTIVE RESOURCES OF 1.5 BCM

JSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia has discovered a new field in Kharkiv region, getting commercial gas inflow of 249,000 cubic meters a day from a wildcat, the company’s press service has reported.
The press service said that at the stage of geological exploration the possible reserves were 0.3 billion cubic meters (bcm) and prospective resources are estimated at over 1.5 bcm.
The company said that after receiving the deposit use license, the field and the well were launched in short terms – in 17 calendar months.
The press service said that the period from the issue of a license to commercial use of fields is from two to four years. If new licenses are issues, next gas inflow could be seen no earlier than in two years.
Poltava Regional Council for two years refused to approve licenses over 60 times, and the country would not receive around 1 bcm of gas in 2018.
“The development of new fields is a laborious process that requires the consolidation of scientific, engineering and significant financial efforts. The receipt of licenses does not guarantee 100% of the start of economically expedient exploitation of a field, especially since this process is stretched in time, therefore the company constantly announces the current problem regarding delays in the issuance of new licenses that have not been solved for a long time,” Director of Geology of Ukrgazvydobuvannia Myron Kucher said.

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