Yushni grain terminal funding approvedSeptember 8, 2016
It has been more than a year since the last entry relating to the plans (and ubiquitous intrigues surrounding those plans) for a grain terminal at Yushni Port.
(Needless to say those intrigues regarding Cargill, Delta Bank, dredging of what is already the deepest port on the Black Sea etc remain.)
Regardless, plans and financing for a new grain terminal at the port now appear to have been finalised by all parties according to the Facebook page of Artem Chevalier, a former Deputy Minister of Finance – “The Council of Directors of the Bank has just approved a loan of $ 37 million (in addition to the same loan from the IFC – International Finance Corporation), which will focus on the construction of a grain terminal in the port of “Yushni”with a maximum capacity of up to 5 million tons of grain year.
This project has everything.. An active and transparent Ukrainian investor, a major international player, support from the government, the participation of international financial institutions, environmental audits, energy efficiency, etc.”
To be clear the EBRD finally approved a loan of $37 million, matched by the IFC, with about $100 million from Cargill (which is approximately the same figure the Ministry of Finance allowed Cargill to reclaim from Delta Bank before winding up the bank and leaving the Ukrainian tax payer with the Statutory Insurance bill to pay to depositors) .
As the above link stated more than a year ago, Cargill was also to acquire a controlling 51% stake in MV Cargo, the major operator at Yushni. (MV Cargo, unsurprisingly, is owned by Cypriot company – Kornleks Impex Limited.)
A new grain terminal capable of dealing with 5 million tonnes per annum will (fairly) soon grace the dockside a Yushni.