Dneprovsky Iron and Steel Works has been failing to meet its targets for 5 months in a row because of the lack of raw materials caused by problems with delivery from Donbass.
In mid May the shortage of raw materials was almost critical and the works entered summer with only one operating blast furnace.
“We lacked some 46.5 thousand tons of coke from Alchevsk, but we were able to partially cover them with Evraz Yuzhkoks coke (35 thousand tons). The undelivered volumes of scrap reached 18 thousand tons”, said the company in its statement.
The raw material shortages resulted in huge underproduction: minus 107.5 thousand tons of sinter and minus 73.5 thousand tons of pig iron.
“In the second half of May only two blast furnaces were operating, while one of them was on halt periodically due to the lack of coke”, added the press-service.
Steel underproduction totaled minus 81 thousand tons, while pipe shop yielded only 4.1 thousand tons.
In January-May the works produced 895 thousand tons of rolled metal, 912 thousand tons of steel and 931 thousand tons of pig iron, down by 8.7%, 4.7% and up by 3.4% YoY respectively.
In May rolled metal output totaled 167 thousand tons, that of steel – 180 thousand tons, and of pig iron – 182 thousand tons, as opposed to 214 thousand tons, 205 thousand tons and 205 thousand tons in April respectively. (Ukrainian metal)