The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is promoting the development of grain logistics in Ukraine by increasing the capacity of the country’s inland waterways and creating associated infrastructure.
A US$50 million loan to Nibulon Group, one of Ukraine’s largest grain exporters, will improve logistical solutions, help increase its volumes of cargo transportation by inland waterways up to 4 million tonnes per year and increase its grain exports up to 8 million tonnes per year, reads the report published on the EBRD website.
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The new loan will support Nibulon’s large-scale 3-year investment program, which includes, but is not limited to: construction of three new grain river terminals, expansion of Nibulon’s fleet including new floating transhipment crane, tugboats, barges and a self-propelled dredging vessel, and construction of a 42 000-tonne storage facility, a barge quay and a new railway at its Mykolaiv seaport terminal.
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