Olvia Port Subject to Environment Impact Assessment of Concession Project

14 Апр

The process of ecological and social evaluation has started at the state enterprise (SE) Specialised Sea Port (SSP) Olvia in the framework of concession project realisation.

“According to the concession agreement, ecological and social evaluation shall embrace the analysis of initiated project’s possible impact and that of the related objects on physical, biological, and social-economic environments in order to identify the potential unfavourable or positive ecological and social effects, and give detailed characteristics of them”, the company’s Press Office reported.

Olvia Port Subject to Environment Impact Assessment of Concession Project

There are international consulting companies Golder Associates and CDM Engineering engaged in this assessment work as possessing great experience in this field.

In the course of a working visit by executives of Golder Associates and CDM Engineering on 13-15 April, talks on the ecological safety`s current situation and prospects of the pilot environmental project Green Port implementation as well as prospects of future dredging activities and creation of a regional system to secure localisation and liquidation of possible large leaks of contaminating substances in the region were conducted at the SE SSP Olvia administration. The same day also a meeting with representatives of Mykolaiv Region Administration took place concerned with environmental and social issues deriving from the concession project realisation.

During the next days of their working visit, the experts of Golder Associates and CDM Engineering are going to inspect the area around Olvia Port and to visit the nearest railway station Zhovtneva.

Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine (MIU) intends to finalise the SE Stevedoring Company Olvia integrate assets complex transfer to the concessionaire’s operation by the end of this autumn.

In August 2020 MIU and Qatari company Qterminals have signed the agreement on concession of the SE SC Olvia integrate assets complex along with the corresponding assets of SE Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) in the same port. In accordance with the agreement, QTerminals shall invest about 3.4M UAH in the port’s development. Moreover, at least 80M UAH shall be invested in the local infrastructure.

QTerminals is a port operator from Qatar founded by Mwani Qatar (51% shareholding) and Milaha (49% shareholding) managing the country’s largest commercial port Hamad. The port Hamad is assessed as over $7Bn and it renders services of container and general cargo transhipment, Ro-Ro traffic and cattle transportation etc. QTerminals is responsible for Qatar’s import and export provision, its sea-bound cargo flows and inciting economic growth on the national and regional levels.