Mr. Vasily Kharahulah, MD of Ukrainian steelmakers association Metallurgprom (Dniepropetrovsk), says steel companies of Ukraine plan to increase steel smelting by 11.3% in comparison with September program to 3.06 million tons.
At the balance meeting with mining and metals industry representatives in Dnepropetrovsk he explained October program assumed increase in pig iron production by 12.8% to 2.56 million tons, finished steel by 8.2% to 2.77 million tons. Daily average pig iron production in October is planned at 82,600 tons, steel smelting by 98,700 tons, finished steel by 89,400 tons.
To fulfill this program next month steelmakers require 515,000 tons of ore, 1.57 million tons of iron ore concentrate, 390,000 tons of sinter, 1 million tons of pellets, 890,000 tons of limestone, 1.33 million tons of coke, 470,000 tons of steel scrap. Imports will be on the level of 80,000 tons of iron ore, 50,000 tons of iron ore concentrate, 30,000 tons of pellets and 670,000 tons of coking coal.
In September Ukrainian steelmakers plan to produce 2.27 million tons of pig iron, 2.75 million tons of crude steel and 2.56 million tons of finished steel. (Interfax-Ukraine)
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