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UKRNAFTA RECONSTRUCTS FIVE FUEL FILLING STATIONS IN KYIV REGION

PJSC Ukrnafta has reconstructed five of its fuel filling stations in Kyiv region, the company’s press service has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“As of today, within the framework of the pilot project, five filling stations in Kyiv region have been reconstructed and put into operation, another filling station is to be commissioned in the near future,” the company said.
Ukrnafta intends in early summer to proceed to the next “wave” of reconstruction, within which ten fuel stations in the western region (Lviv and Rivne regions) will be modernized.
“It is planned by the end of the year to begin the reconstruction of another 20 fuel stations. The estimated time for the reconstruction of each of the “waves” is four months,” the press service added.
The renewed fuel stations are equipped with shops and fast food zones.
The cost of reconstruction is not specified.
As reported, Ukrnafta owns a network of 537 fuel filling stations.
Naftogaz Ukrainy owns a 50% plus one share stake in Ukrnafta, a group of companies associated with the former shareholders of PrivatBank holds about 42% of shares.

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UKRNAFTA TO DRILL TWO NEW WELLS

Ukrnafta intends to drill two wells in Sumy and Lviv regions, the company’s press service has reported.
“The investment committee has approved the drilling of two new wells,” the report said.
According to the press service, in January-March 2018 the company carried out a number of steps to increase the productivity of existing wells.
“Eight wells were transferred to electric centrifugal pumps, as a result the average daily production of oil and condensate on these deposits increased by 70.4%, to 42.6 tonnes. In general, as of late March electric centrifugal pumps operated on more than 300 wells of the company,” the press service noted.
Since the beginning of the year, Ukrnafta has completed overhauls on 28 wells and has carried out 14 production intensifications.
“Among the main works carried out at the facilities is the transition to other productive horizons, the elimination of accidents with oil well tubing and downhole equipment, the elimination of leaks in the production column, the addition of productive horizons and the additional perforation of the operating ones. Thanks to the overhauls, as of March 31 the company had additionally extracted 1,082 tonnes of oil and condensate and 1.935 million cubic meters of gas. Intensification operations gave an additional 1,920 tonnes of oil with condensate and 181,000 cubic meters of gas,” the press service said.

UKRNAFTA SEES PROFIT RISE BY 17.7 TIMES IN Q1, 2018

Ukrnafta saw net profit rise by 17.7 times (UAH 1.190 billion) in January-March 2018 compared to the same period last year, to UAH 1.261 billion. According to a company report in the information disclosure system of the National Commission on Securities and the Stock Market, its net income for the first quarter of this year increased by 25.9%, to UAH 8.268 billion, gross profit by 49.6%, to UAH 4.819 billion.
As reported, Ukrnafta in 2017 reduced production of oil with gas condensate by 9.2% (139,000 tonnes) compared to 2016, to 1.379 million tonnes, gas by 14.8% (193 million cubic meters), to 1.108 billion cubic meters, production of liquefied gas by 13.4% (18,000 tonnes), to 116,000 tonnes.
Naftogaz Ukrainy owns a 50% plus one share stake in Ukrnafta, the former shareholders of PrivatBank (Kyiv) hold about 42% of the shares.

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INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION COURT ANNULS KEY PROVISIONS OF UKRNAFTA SHAREHOLDERS’ AGREEMENT

The London Court of International Arbitration on April 26 annulled key provisions of PJSC Ukrnafta’s shareholders agreement of 2010, the press service of NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy, which owns 50% plus one share in Ukrnafta, has said. “”The judges of the arbitration court have concluded that the key provisions of the shareholder agreement between Naftogaz and the companies of [Ihor] Kolomoisky on corporate governance of Ukrnafta are not subject to execution, since they contradict the binding provisions of the corporate legislation of Ukraine,” Naftogaz said.
In particular, the court cancelled Article 9 of the agreement that concerns the election of the chairman of Ukrnafta’s board from among the candidates proposed by minority shareholders (Kolomoisky’s companies). Also, the court overturned the provision according to which the minority shareholders shall nominate five of the 11 members of the supervisory board of Ukrnafta with a quorum of eight members of the board. “The Tribunal ruled that, in general, the shareholder agreement is applicable, although its key provisions on corporate governance of Ukrnafta are not enforceable,” Naftogaz concluded.
As reported, Naftogaz and Ukrnafta’s minority shareholders (the companies that are affiliated with the Privat Group, namely Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited, Bordo Management Limited, Balliotti Enterprises Limited, Renalda Investments Limited) in January 2010 entered into a shareholders’ agreement, which, in particular, determined the procedure for electing the chairman and members of the board, as well as the supervisory board and the required quorum for the country’s largest oil producer.
According to the document, the chairman of the board should be elected from the candidates proposed by the minority shareholders, and six of the 11 members of the supervisory board and its head should be nominated by Naftogaz. At the same time, the quorum required the presence of eight of the 11 members of the board, which at that time did not contradict the law on joint-stock companies. In March 2015, after the law was amended, the quorum for supervisory board meetings was reduced to a simple majority of votes.
In June 2015, Ukrnafta’s minority shareholders filed a lawsuit with the London arbitration court demanding that Naftogaz should adhere to the terms of the shareholder agreement, even though the rights of Naftogaz were restricted as those of a controlling shareholder, in comparison with the rights provided for by the current legislation. Naftogaz owns a 50% + 1 share in Ukrnafta, while a group of companies affiliated with the former shareholders of PrivatBank have about 42% of the shares.

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