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Leading Ukrainian agribusiness Nibulon has announced plans to restructure operations at its Ukrainian grain elevators in a bid to increase efficiency, World Grain reported.

As part of its plan, the company said its 22 elevators would be divided into six groups:

  • Mykolayivska is the largest and includes the transshipment terminal, Kolosivsky elevator, Vradiivskyi JSC, Novoodeska and Voznesenska branches
  • Kremenchutska including Kremenchutska, Globynska and Hradizk
  • Poltava including Romodan, Reshetylivska, Skorokhodivska and Maryanivska
  • Cherkassy including Zolotoniska, Pereyaslavska and Vitove
  • Zahidna currently unites Teteriv, Smotrych and Denihivska. Khmelnyk will join this group later after expansion of containers and installation of a dryer, planned for later this year
  • Zaporizhzhia-Dnipro including Ternivska, Khortytsia and Zelenodolska

Bessarabska would continue to work independently due to its location away from other elevator groups and its focus on transshipment of grain, rather than accumulation and finishing, Nibulon said on 13 February.

The development of Mykolaivska was at the final stage while the others facilities were in place, the company said.

Other plans included the automation of all elevators with sensors to transmit operating data to a single service centre.

Nibulon said it expected the automation of operations to increase the efficiency of elevator operations and reduce costs.

According to its website, Nibulon operates throughout most regions of Ukraine and its activities include grain and oilseed processing, logistics, storage and shipment.

It runs its own fleet, has a total grain storage capacity of 2.25M tonnes and operates a network of 27 trans-shipment terminals and grain and oilseeds complexes in the country.

One of the country’s largest grain growers and traders, Nibulon produces more than 320,000 tonnes/year of grain and oil mostly for export, and was founded in 1991 by Oleksiy Vadaturskyy, who was also vice president of the Ukrainian Grain Association. Vadaturskyy turned Nibulon into a major player in the global grain industry but was killed during Russian aerial bombardment of the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, along with his wife Raisa.

In November 2022, Nibulon announced that Andriy Vadaturskyy had succeeded his late father as the company’s CEO.