Kazakhstan to decrease uranium output

Kazakhstan, which is the biggest uranium producer in the world, plans to decrease uranium production by 8%, or by 2,000 tons in 2017 (about 3% of total global output), Kazakh State Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna said in a report. The output will be reduced due to weak market conditions triggered mostly by a global oversupply. In…

Ukraine: Mariupol metal companies not to fire employees

Following the increase of the minimal wage to 3200 UAH from January 1, metal companies of Mariupol, nevertheless, do not plan to fire employees. According to Azovstal HR director Konstantin Voitsekhovsky, all the jobs have been kept. “As of January the average salary was 10 thousand UAH. That’s considerably higher compared to the average salary…

Ukraine: coke output down in January 2017

In January Ukrainian by-product coke works produced 1.008 million tons of 6% moisture coke, down by 7.5% YoY. December 2016 saw the output on the level of 997 thousand tons. “In January there was a slight increase in production, but February will be a failure. Alchevskkoks has halted, Yenakievo, Makeevka, and Yasinovsky Coke Works all…

Russia: PGK ferrous metals throughput up in January 2017

In January the Novosibirsk subsidiary of the First Cargo Company (PGK) transported 13.6 thousand tons of cargo, up by 44.5% YoY.

The main cargo was wood and ferrous metals.

The cargo was shipped to local consumers as well as to Asian countries. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Yakutugol buys new excavator

The Neryungrinsky open-pit mine, a part of Yakutugol, has put into operation a Liebherr R 9200 excavator valued at 220 million rubles.

The machine was purchased within the modernization program.

This is the first time that such an excavator is used at the Neryungrinsky open-pit mine. (Ukrainian metal)

Ukraine: anthracite stocks up despite blockade

The anthracite coal, the delivery of which has almost been stopped because of the ATO zone blockade, is only transported to the Lugansk thermal power plant, situated in the Ukraine-controlled territory and belonging to DTEK. “35% of all the anthracite in stock at TPPs is that at Lugansk TPP”, energy complex department director Olga Buslavets…

Russia: aluminum output up in January 2017

In January primary aluminum output decreased by 2.3% YoY, that of aluminum alloys – went up by 8.9%. According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, aluminum powder and flakes production increased by 20.2%, that of rolled wire, rods and sections – by 25.1%, plates, sheets, strips and bars – by 33.4%, and foil –…