In May Ukraine will produce 2.2 million tons of steel, 2.1 million tons of pig iron and 1.9 million tons of rolled metal, according to Metallurgprom. For April its figures were as follows: steel – 2.1 million tons, pig iron – 2 million tons, rolled metal – 1.8 million tons.
In March Ukraine produced 2048 thousand tons of pig iron (66.1 thousand tons on average per day; up by 1.1 thousand tons per day or by 2% MoM), 2174 thousand tons of steel (70.1 thousand tons, up by 2.2 thousand tons or by 3% MoM) and 1891 thousand tons of rolled metal (61 thousand tons, up by 1.9 thousand tons or by 3% MoM).
In Q1 Ukraine produced 5853 thousand tons of pig iron (up by 24% YoY), 6083 thousand tons of steel (up by 18%) and 5295 thousand tons of rolled metal (up by 18% YoY).
As of April 1, 24 out of 27 blast furnaces (89%), 6 out of 9 open-hearth furnaces (67%) and 17 out of 21 converters (81%) were in operation. Electrostal resumed operation after 2 months of idleness.
In March Ukraine supplied 2.3 million tons of iron ore raw materials. In Q1 Ukrainian metal makers received 6.4 million tons of local raw materials (up by 16% YoY). Iron ore imports (from Russia) in March decreased by 100 thousand tons to 170 thousand tons. In January-March iron ore raw materials imports totaled 745 thousand tons, up almost 3 times YoY. Iron ore exports in March reached some 4 million tons, with 10.4 million tons in Q1 (down by 5% YoY).
Coke companies received 510 thousand tons of Ukrainian coal in March (up by 80 thousand tons MoM), and 1.5 million tons in Q1 (up by 42% YoY). Imported coking coals totaled 1160 thousand tons in March (up by 30 thousand tons MoM) and 3.2 million tons in Q1 (up by 34% YoY).
In January-March Ukrainian coking plants received 4.7 million tons of coal, up by 36% YoY. Imported coal was on the level of 69%. Coal stocks in March increased by 110 thousand tons, to 570 thousand tons.
Metal companies received 940 thousand tons of Ukrainian coke in March (up by 40 thousand tons MoM), with 2.8 million tons supplied in Q1 (up by 41% YoY). Imported coke in March was on the February level (80 thousand tons), while in Q1 Ukraine imported 210 thousand tons of coke, down by 51% YoY.
In March metal companies received 260 thousand tons of scrap (up by 80 thousand tons MoM), or 92% of the needed volume. In Q1 metal companies received 600 thousand tons of scrap (77% of the needed and down by 16% YoY).
Scrap stocks in March decreased by 20 thousand tons to 80 thousand tons. Scrap was not exported in March, but in Q1 Ukraine exported 10 thousand tons of scrap (257 thousand tons in January-March 2015). (Ukrainian metal)