Industrial Metallurgical Holding (IMH), one of the global leading suppliers of merchant pig iron and the biggest merchant coke producer in Russia, has announced its operational results for FY 2018.
In 2018, Tulachermet achieved record-high pig iron production in the whole history working with two blast furnaces. Total production increased by 3% YoY, to 2,343 thousand tons. This was the result of higher production efficiency upon completion of maintenance at blast furnaces Nos. 2 and 3 in July-August 2017 and in August 2018 respectively. In addition, further optimization of technological processes resulted in lower coke consumption and thus improvement of economic efficiency.
In 2018, coal segment’s main strategic task was to reduce ash content in coal extracted from its mines. As a result of special measures, Butovskaya mine and Tikhova mine achieved 9% and 1% decrease of ash content, respectively.
Ash content reduction and production optimization programs resulted in better washing yield – up by 2% YoY at the Berezovskaya washing plant. In addition, the company increased the share of own coal processing. In 2019, washing yield will increase further after setting and ramping up new highly productive equipment. Several production units have already been installed.
Coke output reduced on the back of changes in main supply routes and testing of new logistics in Q2 2018. Lower coke consumption at Tulachermet due to better production efficiency also affected Koks’ production program. In Q3 2018 production returned to the level comparable to Q1.
Iron ore concentrate production at Kombinat KMAruda in 2018 slightly decreased on the back of lower consumption volumes from Tulachermet, which was the main consumer of the mining plant. This was a result of the scheduled maintenance at the sinter machine No. 2. In Q3 2018, iron ore concentrate production was back to normal.
The group is committed to pursuing productivity growth and total production optimization (TOP) programs. Up to date, 770 proposals have been accepted with the total positive effect of about 1.5 billion rubles per year. (MetalInfo/Ukrainian metal)