Today, Petříček visits Mariupol as part of a EU delegation beefed up with European Investment Bank officials. “We are discussing EU financial assistance for road, rail and port projects,” Viktor Dovhan, Deputy Infrastructure Minister, writes on Facebook of the Azov ports tour.
Starting in April, Kyiv will have the power to tow cars from sidewalks, Mayor Klitschko tells Interfax-Ukraine. Police will be equipped with cameras to record violations, allowing towing. Cars that block pedestrians and baby carriages on sidewalks can be towed. With tourism growing from the EU, cars parked on sidewalks gives the capital a tawdry post-Soviet air. Enforcement of the new laws is expected to encourage drivers to use existing parking garages – and to encourage investors to build new ones.
Czech Škoda JS may have been chosen for a $2.5 billion contract to build two nuclear reactors at Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant, reports Schemes, the RFE/RL investigative reporting program. However, Škoda is ultimately controlled by Russia’s Gazprom, a fact that may prompt the government to veto the choice.
Kernel, the agriculture holding company, boosted its grain and oilseed exports by two thirds, to 3.1 million tons, in the first half of the current July 2018 – June 2019 marketing season, the company reports. The company increased its sunflower oil exports by 8%, to 777,000 tons, shipping largely to Iraq, India and China.
Work at the Kherson and Mykolayiv shipyards doubled last year, to $22 million, reports Smart Maritime Group, owner of the yards. For a Dutch company, VEKA Shipbuilding WT BV, the yards are building hulls for two chemical tankers, the Nevada and the Nebraska. In addition to repairing 76 ships, the yards repaired an 80-ton crane, and manufactured 2,000 tons of steel structures for Southern Mining and Beneficiation Plant, or YuGOK.
About 90 IT companies already are located in UNIT.City, Maksym Bakhmatov, managing partner of UNIT.City Innovation Park, writes in an Atlantic Council report titled: “Here’s How to Nurture Risk-Taking Among Ukraine’s IT Sector.” Stressing the synergies and concrete benefits for entrepreneurs of working in the IT hub, he writes that 60% of the companies “are engaged in joint projects at the crossroads” of fintech, agritech, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.
Europe’s stampede toward electric cars is likely to increase the flow of good quality used cars for sale in Ukraine. Sweden has just joined Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Paris in promising to stop registration of gasoline and diesel powered cars in 2030. Norway starts such a ban in 2025. In the last two years, over 200,000 used cars came to Ukraine, stalling new car sales.
Ukraine has 64 operating small scale hydro plants and 100 more that can be restored, AICE says. Dedicated to reviving and modernizing existing plants, AICE aims at “combining Norwegian and Ukrainian competence within hydro energy.” Norway is the largest user of hydropower in Europe, getting 98% of its electricity from hydro dams.
Ukraine cut its gas imports by one quarter last year, Naftogaz reports. Imports fell from 14.1 billion cubic meters in 2017 to 10.6 bcm. Domestic production – overwhelmingly in the hands of state-owned Naftogaz – increased last year by only 2.5%, to 21 bcm. At the same time, Ukraine’s GDP grew last year by an estimated 3.4%. In this context, the most likely causes for the import drop were increased energy efficiency and shifts to other energy sources.