18 Apr 2024 16:55

Ukrainian-Italian intermodal dry port construction to be launched in June

MOSCOW. April 18 (Interfax) - The construction of the Horonda Platform innovative logistics center, a joint project of Italian consortium led by FS Group (Italian State Railways) and Ukraine's NSV Group, is scheduled to be launched in Transcarpathia in June 2024, Ukrainian media reported, citing the NSV Group press service.

Following the meeting between representatives of NSV Group and Italian Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy Adolfo Urso that took place on April 10, decisions were made that will have a significant impact on the development of the project, NSV Group Managing Partner Nikolai Shapovalov said. In particular, it has been decided to submit an application from NSV Group with the support of FS Group (Italian Railways) in accordance with the law on state support for investment projects. The construction was specified to start in June 2024.

"The land has been formalized, technical specifications have been received. Measures required to obtain a permit for 'preparatory works' are being finalized, we are expecting the start in June. Design surveys are being completed," Shapovalov said.

The creation of an Italian community near the Horonda Platform is among the new promising initiatives that were discussed at the meeting.

"We are pleased with the results of the meeting. We are confident that the joint efforts of Ukrainian and Italian partners will contribute to the creation of an innovative logistics center, which will become not only a symbol of cooperation between the two countries, but also the most important factor in the development of both economies. We believe that we will be able to attract even more Italian businesspeople to join in the establishment of the industrial park," Shapovalov said.

As reported, the Horonda Platform project in the village of Goronda, Mukachevo district, Transcarpathian region, includes 13 hectares of dry port, 35 hectares of industrial park, and a silo storage facility with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes. At the first stage of the project, two European gauge rail lines and two Ukrainian gauge rail lines of one kilometer each are planned. The possibility of expansion and a substantial increase in capacity is also envisioned.