• Ukrainian sugar refiners increased sugar exports almost six times in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of last year, according to the National Association of Sugar Producers of Ukraine. For the current marketing year, September 2016 to -July 2017 MY, Ukrainian producers exported 751 thousand tons of sugar.
• Ukreteplo, a Kyiv-based based energy company, plans to invest nearly $100 million in a 12mw combined heat and power plant fueled by agricultural waste and an ethanol plant. Both will be sited at the Zaplazky sugar refinery in Odesa’s Liubashivka district, 100 km nw of Odesa city. The CHP plant is to be commissioned next year, and the 50,000 metric tons per year ethanol plant coming online by 2021, according to BioFuels Digest.
•The European Investment Bank is mulling extending a loan to cover about one third of a 98 million euro project to boost Ukraine’s gas production, according to the bank’s website. The project involves “installing new gas compressor units and gas treatment facilities in some Ukrainian gas fields," the bank said.
• Croatia’s CROSCO Integrated Drilling & Well Services Ltd has signed two contracts, totaling 47 million euros, to drill 12 new wells in Ukraine for Ukrgazvydobuvannia, a state company that is the nation’s largest gas producer.
• Breaking Russia’s pricing monopoly, Ukraine imports gas from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and 20 more countries, Yuriy Vitrenko, commercial director of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine told Channel 5. Much of the gas originally comes from Russia’s state gas giant, Gazprom. But by buying through dozens of traders and 23 countries, Ukraine no longer depends on one supplier and negotiates lower prices. Vitrenko said: "There is no monopoly of any import source. We do not buy gas at all now from Gazprom.”
• DTEK energy holding has launched Tryfonivka solar power plant with a capacity of 10 MW in the Kherson region. Built in five months, the plant uses ABB inverters and an array of 37,000 solar panels made by JA Solar. The plant now feeds to Ukraine’s power grid enough power to supply 15 neighboring towns. It will save an estimated 12,000 tons CO2 emissions a year.
• France specialists and financing will help develop a feasibility study for building solar power plants in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, according to Volodymyr Kistion, vice prime minister for infrastructure, energy and ecology.
• Imported American coal will not raise Ukraine’s electricity prices, Natalia Boiko, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Mining, said on national TV. She said the price for US coal was factored into the electricity tariff adopted in March in Centrenergo’s financial plan. In February, Energy Minister Igor Nasalik said Ukrainian companies were negotiating to import 1 million tons of anthracite coal from the United States.
• In June, Ukraine started buying crude oil from Iran, according to the State Fiscal Service. Today, the top three suppliers of oil to Ukraine are: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Iran. During the first seven months of this year, Ukraine imported 508,105 tons of oil.
• Iran-Ukraine trade grew 32, percent in 2016, largely to the liberalizing impact of the July 2015 Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran's Ambassador to Ukraine Mohammad Beheshti-Monfared has told IRNA news agency.
• Tatiana Romanovskaya, director of Lviv’s airport, told Zik news that she is negotiating with Aer Lingus and Norwegian the possibility of starting long haul, low cost flights from Lviv.
• As Poland-Ukraine transportation integration increases, Ukrzaliznytsia starts on Aug. 24 a cross-border express train on a new route: Kyiv-Vinnytsia- Khmelnytsky-Ternopil-Przemysl. During the first half of this year, the state railroad’s Kyiv-Lviv-Przemysl train ran at near capacity, carrying 74,100 passengers, or 2.5 more than the number traveling to Poland by train during the first half of 2016. Rail cargo shipments from Ukraine to Poland rose by 2.6%, during the first half of 2017, to 4.438 million tons
• Ukraine barred entry to over 3,000 Russians during the first half of this year, according to Oleh Slobodian, spokesman for Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, told Ukrinform. For context,1.5 million Russians visited Ukraine, making Russia the third largest source of visitors to Ukraine after Moldova and Belarus.
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