Ukraine preparing large scale PPPs

Raft of port projects on the way; potential airport and road PPPs

The Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy has unveiled a raft of new PPP and concession projects that will come to the market in the next few years.

Speaking at the Privatization and Concession in Transport 2020-2021 event, his announcements came on the back of two successful port concessions deal with summer, with more eyed for the future.

Krykliy gave an update on the Black Sea port railway and ferry project, adding that EY and Hamburg Port Consulting are in the final stage for the advisor contract, with the winner to be announced “next week” – the full project tender is expected in Q2 of 2021.

The Chernomorsk seaport project is also set to come to the market by the end of 2021, and is in the process of selecting legal and technical consultants.

Alongside the projects already moving forward, a number of prefeasibility studies are being undertaken for other port projects including the Berdyansk Sea Commercial Port and the port of Odessa, with funding allotted for a study on the Izmail seaport, and funding sought for studies on the Maripol and Rhenish seaports.

"I am convinced that business should be involved as much as possible in the management of state assets. Today in the ministry we are working on the implementation of promising public-private partnership projects in various infrastructure sector,” said Krykliy.

The minister also mentioned that his department is preparing the development of the Ukrainian Highway Network through PPPs – an initiative that would require US$9bn of investment from the private sector.

Finally, he discussed plans for funds for the airport and railway sectors, with PPPs also set to play a part in the future.