The Ministry of Infrastructure has begun accepting applications for participation in a concession tender for the state-owned Kherson seaport.

Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykyi announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The announcement of the start of acceptance of applications to participate in the concession tender at the Kherson seaport was published in the Holos Ukrainy newspaper on October 8, 2019.

The concession tender is for the package of assets that is used for integrated provision of services in the Kherson seaport, including assets of the state-owned Kherson Commercial Seaport and assets of the state-owned Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA), as listed by the concessor, as well as facilities that must be specially created (built) in accordance with the terms of the concession contract. Concession will be granted for 30 (thirty) years based on the results of the concession tender.

“The period of consideration of an application to participate in the concession tender is 14 days. We recommend submitting applications as early as possible. December 6, 2019, is the deadline for submitting applications and tender proposals to the commission. Changes to tender proposals, if any, will be accepted from December 6, 2019 to January 10, 2020. After the deadline for making changes to tender proposals, the tender commission will evaluate the financial proposals of the tender participants from January 10 to January 20, 2020. We expect the Ministry of Infrastructure to determine the winner of the concession tender in the second half of January 2020 (depending on the quantity and quality of proposals submitted)," Krykyi said.

After determining the winner of the concession tender and publishing the results of the tender (tentatively in early February 2020), the Ministry of Infrastructure will begin talks on conclusion of a contract with the winner of the tender, the minister of infrastructure added. Conclusion of a contract is planned for early May 2020.

The procedures for submitting applications to participate in the concession tender and submitting tender proposals are outlined in instructions for applicants, which are posted on the official website of the Ministry of Infrastructure.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, it has sent the information necessary for applicants to obtain the relevant permits to the Antimonopoly Committee.

As the CFTS portal reported, the Ministry of Infrastructure announced concession tenders for the Olvia stevedoring company and the Kherson Commercial Seaport on September 12.

It was announced in early October that 46 companies from 11 countries had shown interest in the concession tender for the Olvia and Kherson seaports.