In the new heating season KSG Agro increased the heat generation with biofuel by 52%

After the introduction of four new biofuel boiler houses in the Dnipropetrovsk region in early November, the total amount of heat generation with renewable fuel – pellets – grew by 52%. This was reported by the agricultural holding’s press service.

Within part of the program to modernize the boiler houses in rural schools in the Dnipropetrovsk region by transferring them to heat generation through renewable biofuel pellets, KSG Agro agri-holding put into operation two boiler houses in the beginning of November 2017. New boiler houses are launched in schools in the village of Zorya in the Tomakovsky district and in the village of Nastasovka with a total capacity of 1.2 megawatts

After commissioning two modernized boiler houses, the total amount of biofuel heat generation at KSG Agro agri-holding increased by 52% from 4.25 to 6.45 MW in comparison with the previous heating season. Modernization of the boiler houses was made at the expense of the holding’s investments in the amount of about UAH 3 million, without attracting budgetary resources.

“Transferring rural school boiler houses to biofuels is not only another step towards the independence of the region and the country with respect to Russian energy carriers, but also a real saving of budget funds for heating – up to 40% compared to natural gas and coal,” says KSG Agro’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Sergey Kasyanov. According to him, the holding plans to further transfer rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk region to fuel pellets.

As previously reported, KSG Agro launched two modernized boiler houses on biofuel – fuel pellets – in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnipropetrovsk region in October. The volume of KSG Agro’s investment in two boiler houses in the Solonyansky district, with a total capacity of 1 mW, amounted to UAH 1.5 million. In addition to boiler houses in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region, in early October a boiler room for a canteen in Novopokrovka school was put into operation.
The fuel for all modernized boiler houses will be produced at a new workshop in Novopokrovka. The planned capacity of the shop is 2400 tons of fuel pellets per year. The modern granulation line of OGM 1500 will be used as the equipment.


KSG Agro launched two new biofuel boiler houses in schools of the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region

KSG Agro launched two modernized boiler houses operating on biofuel – fuel pellets – in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region. This was reported by the press service of the Holding.

Within the program of boiler-house modernization for rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk Region, KSG Agro Agri-holding completed the construction and launched two modernized boiler houses operating on biofuel – fuel pellets – in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region. Before modernization, the school boiler houses operated on natural gas or coal using technically and morally obsolete equipment that needed operational replacement. The problem was solved thanks to the investment from KSG Agro in the amount of 1.5 million UAH into two new boiler houses for schools in the Solonyansky district, with a total capacity of 1 MW. Such re-equipment will allow local councils, in which the schools are located, to save up to 40% of the funds paid for heat.
“Together with the territorial communities, we are implementing a program aimed at modernizing boiler houses of rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk Region to switch from heating with expensive gas or coal to fuel pellets,” says Sergei Kasyanov, Chairman of KSG Agro’s Board of Directors. “This program is being implemented at the expense of the holding’s investments without engaging funds from the state budget. As a result of its implementation, budget savings for each facility will amount up to 40%.”
As announced earlier, the agri-holding announced the launch of five new biofuel boiler houses in rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk region prior to the beginning of the heating season. In addition to schools’ boiler houses in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region, a boiler room for a canteen in a Novopokrovskaya school was put into operation in early October. Moreover, two more boiler houses will start functioning in the schools of Tomakovskiy district of the Dnepropetrovsk region before the start of the heating season.
At present, the total amount of heat generation by KSG Agro is 5.25 MW, which is 25% more than in the previous heating season.
It is planned that a new workshop in Novopokrovka will produce fuel for all five boiler houses, to be put into operation also before the heating season. The pellet line of the workshop has already been assembled and is currently being tested. The planned capacity is 2,400 tons of fuel pellets per year. The modern OGM 1500 granulation line will be used as the equipment here.


KSG Agro introduces new soil cultivation technologies to counteract increasing climate aridity.

Climate change in the Dnipropetrovsk region and the related need to introduce gentle soil treatment technologies under arid conditions have become the main reasons for the renewal of the KSG Agro fleet.

Acquired by the agricultural holding the newest samples of American agrotechnics allow not only to cultivate the soil sparingly but also to increase the yield per hectare.

Thanks to the contract signed by KSG Agro for the purchase of American agricultural equipment produced by TITAN MAHINERY Inc., the KSG Agro’s farms received the newest agrotechnics – telescopic loaders Agri Farmer, caterpillar tractor Case IH Steiger 600, units for preseeding treatment of Great Plains 4000 TM (Turbo Max) and vertical tillage – Great Plains Max-Chisel already at the end of September.

“Climatic changes in the Dnipropetrovsk region have led to the prevalence of dry weather, which requires a change in traditional approaches to agricultural land processing,” says Sergey Kasyanov, Chairman of the Board of Directors at KSG Agro. “That’s why we renewed our park with agrotechnics, which allows us to gently treat the soil in drought conditions, while increasing the yield per hectare.”

“It is gratifying that KSG Agro agri-holding was one of the first in the region to provide its farms with the know-how for vertical tillage that enables them to accumulate all the moisture in the soil during the growing season and between such periods, and also significantly increase the yields” , – commented Vladimir Eremenok, the director of the department of business development and introduction of new technologies at TITAN MAHINERY Inc. According to him, the use of Case IH Steiger caterpillar with a capacity of 600 horsepower, by the way, the largest model used by the Ukrainian agricultural holdings, allows to ensure high productivity and quality of tillage.

Currently, the acquired agricultural equipment is distributed among the farms that are part of the holding.


KSG Agro ran a hands-on scientific seminar “Sorghum of the Dnepropetrovsk region”

On September 26, 2017, KSG Agro Holding, SPO Ukrsorgo, the Institute of Animal Husbandry of the National Academy of Sciences jointly held a hands-on scientific seminar “Sorghum of the Dnepropetrovsk region” in the village of Zatyshne located in Krinichansky district of Dnepropetrovsk region.

Sorghum’s main advantages and the experience of its cultivation under the conditions of the Dnepropetrovsk region, the technology of planting and harvesting this crop, the issues of plant protection products and the use of machinery in planting and harvesting sorghum: these were the main topics of the hands-on scientific seminar “Sorghum of the Dnepropetrovsk region”. The event was organized by KSG Agro AgriHolding, LLC SPO UkrSorgo, and the Institute of Animal Husbandry of the NAAS and Department of Agri-Industrial Development of the Dnepropetrovsk Regional State Administration. More than 120 seminar participants checked out on sorghum crops and what modern technology can do now.

“If before, sorghum was considered mainly as an agricultural crop for the needs of own animal husbandry, now agrarians rely on it both to meet domestic demand and for export,” says Yaroslav Bardin, general director at LLC Ukrsorgo. “From the export point of view, the Chinese market looks like the most promising. China imports large amounts of sugar sorghum, both for feed and for producing alternative fuels, such as bioethanol”.

According to Mr. Bardin, a much higher yield of starch (70-74%) is possible with sorghum than, for example, with corn (67-72%). And in sugar sorghum – a complex of sugars in found in the juice of stems, so we have a greater yield of alcohol. “This culture is the future of bioethanol production. If you also use grain in addition to stems for the production of bioethanol, you can get up to 7 thousand liters / ha per year. In addition, sorghum can grow in the steppe and forest-steppe zone, giving quite high yields, “- said the agrarian.

Sergei Kasyanov, the Chairman of the Board at KSG Agro, also noted the main advantage of sorghum: unpretentiousness to moisture, which is especially important in the Dnepropetrovsk region, which partly belongs to the zone of risky farming.

“Sorghum is an excellent alternative to many traditional cultures. It is no coincidence that it ranks 4th in the world after wheat, maize and rice by volume of cultivation. For example, according to the energy value, the grain and the green mass of sorghum are in no way inferior to corn, and even exceed the amount of protein,” – said the Chairman of the Board at KSG Agro”. It is important that sorghum is less hygrophilous and more drought-resistant than maize. For example, it needs half the moisture vs corn. Expanding the crops of sorghum, we get a valuable forage crop for the cultivation of pigs”.

Sergei Kasyanov noted that the current season, in partnership with the NGO UkrSergo, KSG Agro sowed 617 hectares of sorghum and plans to expand the sown areas in the future. It is a grain sorghum: white for the production of cereals and red for mixed fodders. Harvesting began late September.

The seminar participants focused on sorghum’s main advantages: adaptation and survival in arid climates, falling into anabiosis in the absence of moisture, high growth rate (up to 15 cm per day) in case of precipitation, excellent quality in feeding animals – cattle, pigs and chickens.


KSG Agro harvested half of its sunflower fields and began sowing winter crops

The farms that belong to KSG Agro agricultural holding completed harvesting almost half of the sunflower fields, which amounted to about 7 thousand hectares. They also started sowing winter crops: wheat and rapeseed. This was reported by the press service of the holding.

The sunflower harvesting campaign is in full swing with the planned schedule and due to finish approximately on October 5 this year. At present, about 43% of the sunflower fields have been harvested, which amounted to almost 7 thousand hectares (16 450 ha were sown with sunflower seeds).

The yield, according to preliminary estimates, is 15-21 centner / ha and varies depending on the location of the holdings’ farms. For example, the Solonyansky and Sofievsky districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region have shown yields of 18-21 centners per hectare, because these areas boast of a more fertile black soil. The Apostolovo district’s climate is more arid and yields are therefore lower.

“High sunflower margins make this crop a real hit among agricultural producers,” says Sergey Kasyanov, chairman of KSG Agro’s Board of Directors. “However, as in everything, the sense of proportion and the principle of business diversification is important here. It’s no secret that excessive emphasis on sunflower alone leads to increased stress for the soil, its impoverishment due to the same type of moisture depletion. That is why it is necessary to diversify the crop, for example, with corn. After all, this crop has a more sparing effect on the fertility of the soil”.

In addition, the holding company farms are sowing winter rapeseed, treating it at the same time parallel with plant protection products. At the moment, 4,000 hectares of the planned 4,600 ha are sown. Additionally, the sowing of winter wheat began. This crop is planned for 6,200 hectares.


KSG Agro Agricultural Holding Company has arranged a press tour for agrarian journalists in Dnipropetrovsk region

On July 7, 2017, KSG Agro Agricultural Holding Company arranged a press tour to Solonianskyi district of Dnipropetrovsk region, to one of the leading enterprises of the holding, namely KSG Dnepr. During the event, journalists learned about the development of the plant’s crop sector, the newest innovative biological products replacing nitrogen fertilizers, and visited the biofuel boiler house and got acquainted with modern agricultural technology.
The press tour was attended by more than 10 leading journalists of Ukrainian mass media working on agrarian topics. They included representatives of Ukrinform and Ukrainian news agencies, Farmer, APK-Inform:results magazines, Agrotimes, APK-Inform, Agroexpert, Agroportal, Agravery, ProAgro prtals, Vesti Pridneprovya newspaper, etc.
“By holding a press tour, we once again demonstrate the importance of an open and transparent dialogue with mass media, which we have been professing since the very beginning of the existence of the agricultural holding company,” Serhii Mazin, the CEO of KSG Agro, said. “We are grateful to the mass media representatives for objective coverage of our company’s activities.”
During the press tour, Serhii Mazin told journalists about his intentions to use biological products by TerraMax (USA) by the agricultural holding company.
The journalists visited the fields of wheat, sunflower, corn, got acquainted with modern agricultural machinery by John Dear and New Holland used by the agricultural holding company, saw the first harvested crop on the thrashing-floor, and also took part in the cultivation of the field for sowing winter crops.
The story told by agrarians about the use of biofuel appeared also to be interesting and informative. The representatives of the mass media visited the shop for the production of fuel pellets, which is being built in the village of Novopokrovka, with a capacity of up to 2 thousand tons per year.
The journalists visited the boiler house operating on pellets at the school in Novopokrovka village. According to Oleksandr Skyba, the Head of the Novopokrovka Village Council, the boiler house allowed to save about UAH 300 thousand during the previous heating season.
The finale of the press tour was a visit to farmland sown with miscanthus (silver-grass) made by the journalists. According to Serhii Mazin, this hardy and perennial plant with the possibility of annual biomass harvesting will be used as an important renewable energy source.


Successful negotiations between KSG Agro and TerraMax

KSG Agro participated in the Ukraine-USA Investment Forum in Minneapolis, the USA. It was held with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States. There, successful negotiations were held between KSG Agro and TerraMax (Minneapolis, the USA) on the launch of the large-scale cooperation in the use of biological products.


KSG Agro proceeded to sow spring crops

In the second decade of March, companies that are part of KSG Agro Agricultural Holding proceeded to sow spring crops. This was reported by the Holding’s press service.
The companies of KSG Agro started sowing spring barley and spring rape. The following crop areas are planned in the context of the following crops:

  • Spring barley – 500 ha
  • Spring rape – 800 ha

In addition, KSG Agro plans to sow corn and sunflower during the spring sowing time in 2017, within the optimal agro-technical terms:

  • Corn – 1,300 ha
  • Sunflower – 14,400 ha

Earlier, during the spring field work, the holding companies fertilized winter wheat and rape on an area of more than 11,000 hectares. In addition, harrowing of the fall-plowed land continues, an area of 7,000 hectares has been harrowed by today.
The companies of the Holding are fully provided with high-quality fertilizers and modern agricultural technology.


KSG Agro increased heat generation with the use of alternative fuel by 23%

Within the biomass heating plants utilization program in the Dnepropetrovsk Region, KSG Agro agricultural holding completed construction and put into operation new pellet boiler station in Dnepr. Thus, volume of heat generation by holding was increased by 23% – from 3.45 to 4.25 MW.
The “Agroplaza” enterprise affiliated to the KSG Agro agricultural holding completed construction of new pellet boiler station providing heat supply to well-known “Miriada” shopping center in Dnepr with area of about 12 thousand sq. m. Project investment amount made about 1.5 million UAH.

Currently, boiler station is commissioned for operation. Boiler station power makes 0.8 MW. Boiler station operates on pellets made from plant production waste, which are less costly than imported gas.
Boiler station cost advantages were also considerably increased due to the fact that the state-of-the-art equipment operation allows temperature correction in the “Miriada” SC depending on the outside weather conditions.
Bringing into service of a new boiler station resulted in total KSG Agro heat generation increase by 23% – from 3.45 to 4.25 MW.
This is the fifth alternative fuel-fired boiler station commissioned over the past few years. In addition to one supplying heat to the shopping center in Dnepr, 3 ones are operated at the enterprise’s pig-breeding farm, and 1 – at the rural school.


KSG Agro and Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Had Press-Lunch Dedicated to the Biofuel Introduction on November 29

The Chairman of the management board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgiy Geletuha and the leading Ukrainian mass media representatives, elaborating on the issues of energy industry and the agriculture, joined the lunch. Among them there were the journalists of the Agroexpert title, the UNIAN, Ukrinform, Ukrainski Novyny Hubs portal, Agraveri, Agroportal information agencies and many others.
During the press-lunch the participants had a well-reasoned and interesting discussion on one of the most urgent for Ukrainian economy issues – the implementation of renewable fuels. The key answers from the journalists were related to the economic effect from the use of biofuel, its advantages as compared with the traditional energy sources – gas and coal, the capabilities of such agro-holdings as the KSG Agro to construct new boiler facilities and supply pellets for them.
As CEO Sergey Mazin reported during the press-lunch, the KSG Agro holding has put forward an initiative of partnership of local communities and businesses for the reconstruction of boiler facilities of the state-financed sector – providing a re-equipment from gas to biologically renewable fuel – pellets. He appealed for the joint efforts of the businessmen and the local authorities across the country in modernization of the boiler facilities. And, as a result, the costs for the state-financed consumers heat supply would be reduced, as well as the Ukraine’s dependency on coal and Russian gas.

“According to the Chairman of the management board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (BAU) Georgiy Geletuha, the introduction of bio-fuel heating technologies by the KSG Agro agro-holding company is in the Ukraine’s and international trends of gradual substitution of traditional fuel by the bio-fuel. “Now the substitution by the bio-fuel accounts for 42% per year, and during the period from 2012 to 2015 it increased fourfold, – BAU Head comments, – We are sure that the corresponding legislative regulations passed by the state would allow increase these figures and engage businesses and agricultural and industrial sector in the use of bio-fuel. A positive example of such an increase is the activity of the KSG Agro holding”.