Ukraine: Martynenko suspected of VostGOK money embezzlement

The ex-people’s deputy Nikolai Martynenko is suspected of embezzling money of the state enterprise Vostochniy Mining and Processing Works. “The investigation showed that in 2013-2016 the employees of VostGok, Steuermann Investitions und Handelsgesellschaft mbH, as well as some individuals with control over the companies, including Martynenko, embezzled the funds of VostGOK in the amount of…

Russia: copper output in Q1 2017

In January-March Russia increased raw copper output by 3.3% YoY, while the production of copper alloys dropped by 22.7%. According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, copper flakes and powders output decreased by 5.4%, of rods and shapes – by 28.4%, at the same time wire production went up by 15%, and foil –…

Russia: TMK sales up in Q1 2017

In January-March the Pipe Metal Company sold 850 thousand tons of pipes to customers, up by 0.6% YoY. According to the company statement, seamless pipes sales increased by 16.7%, to 658 thousand tons thanks to the stable demand form oil-and-gas companies. Welded pipes sales dropped by 31.8%, to 192 thousand tons, mostly because of the…

Russia: Amur region output down in Q1 2017

In January-March the Amur region yielded 4677 kg of gold. The state enterprise Petropavlovsk mined the most gold: 1689 kg by Pokrovsky mine, 14171 kg by Albynsky mine and 512 kg by Malomorsky mine. Berezitoviy mine of Nordgold yielded 751 kg. Gold-mining in Amur region continues falling due to the low metal contents in ore.…

Russia: Schelmet to produce tin-plate

The authorities of the Schelkovo district of the Moscow region were presented the project of modernization of Schelkovo Iron and Steel Works and the putting into operation of the tin-plate line. According to the production workshop head Vladimir Merkulov, investments will total some 3.5 billion rubles. The main problem in the realization of the project…

Russia: Kolmar to construct 2 factories

In 2017-2019 Kolmar intends to spend some 17.4 billion rubles to develop the Inaglinsky mining and processing complex and 11 billion rubles to modernize the Denisovsky GOK in Yakutia. Inaglinsky includes an open-pit and Inaglinskaya mine, as well as the Inaglinskaya-2 processing factory. At present the open-pit yields some 2 million tons of coal and…

Kazakhstan: uranium mining down in Q1 2017

In January-March Kazakhstan mined 5.3 thousand tons of uranium. “This is down by 13% YoY, and is 24% of the annual target”, the energy minister Kanat Bozumbayev declared. In January Kazatomprom announced the decrease in 2017 uranium output by 10%. “The decrease will exceed 2 thousand tons of uranium of the planned target for 2017.…

Russia: MMK steel output up in Q1 2017

In January-March MMK produced 3.066 million tons of steel, up by 1.4% YoY. According to the company statement, the total loading of capacities at the main site in Magnitogorsk exceeded 94%. Product sales dropped by 2.3% YoY, to 2.723 million tons. High added value products manufacture increased by 5.1%, to 1.313 million tons. The share…