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Ukraine Grain Transportation System Feasibility Study Proposal Application

If you have any questions during the application process, please check the Call’s webpage here or contact us at UkraineGrainCall@eitfood.eu. 

This call is to address one of the critical food issues facing Europe and many other countries today – the impact that the Russian invasion has had on grain exports from Ukraine. 

The Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture is seeking alternative ways to export large quantities of grain, including an overland pipeline, to mitigate their dependency on export by sea.  

To support this initiative, we are calling for Feasibility Study proposals for a functional and rapidly deployable grain transport system.

If the Feasibility Study indicates a viable solution, the consortium may be chosen by the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture to submit a full project/work plan proposal for continuation. 

The Guidelines can be found here

A Feasibility Study must be submitted by 30 April 2023

  • The Feasibility Study should describe the options explored and clearly address the design, build, usage, and maintenance challenges of the options.
  • The study should also clearly state whether the options(s) evaluated could be implemented, outline expected costs and how these compare to other options, and the likely timeframe for implementation.
  • Consortia may choose to deliver a prototype/demonstration together with the Feasibility Study
  • The format of the Feasibility Study is up to the consortium. It should:
  1. follow best practice in engineering studies
  2. show the methodology followed and research undertaken
  3. cover design, economic analysis, safety and the geopolitical, environmental and social elements that would affect the project
  4. present Ministry of Agriculture with a clear analysis with which they can decide progress to an implementation plan

The following criteria for the grain transport system have been specified by the Ukrainian government.

  • Address the feasibility of long-distance grain transportation, over a minimum of 100km, up to 300-500km.
  • The system should be capable of transporting not less than 2 million tons of grain per year.
  • The system of transportation should have the possibility to scale over distance and transportation volume.
  • Minimise degradation of the grain during transportation. The permissible change in the quality of cereals (as measured by nature of the grains, fragmentation, moisture content, and other quality indicators) after transportation should not be greater than 10% of the values of the quality indicators of the input material.
  • For indications of the quality of the input material, general and special indications of the quality of corn and wheat grains are taken, as prescribed by the ISO on the crops.
  • The speed of grain transportation in the system itself is not regulated.
  • The technological method of transportation is not regulated, it can be both classic conveyor systems of various types (like lancet, and pneumatic systems with transportation of various forms: Dense phase conveying, semi-Dense phase conveying) and diluted phase (Dilute phase conveying) or vacuum, or others.
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