Russia: Kuzbass coal output up in January 2017

In January Kuzbass region mined 18.7 million tons of coal, up by 6.3% YoY. According to the regional coal industry department, energy coal mining reached 13.3 million tons, up by 3.9% YoY, coking coal – 5.4 million tons, up by 12.5% YoY. SUEK-Kuzbass increased output by 0.6 million tons YoY, Kiyzassk and Novokuznetsk site of…

Russia: Yakovlevsky mine resumes operation

After a 6-months idleness Metal-group has resumed iron ore extraction at its Yakovlevsky mine in Belgorod region.

By March almost all employees have to be engaged in the work. Annual ore output is expected to increase to 100 thousand tons.

Since February 1, the operation started in limited volume, with 55% employees working. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: coalmining up in Sakhalin

In 2016 coalmining enterprises of the Sakhalin region yielded around 7 million tons of coal, up by 27% YoY. Vostochnaya Mining Company (VGK) mined the most – 4 million tons (3.7 million tons in 2015). 4.65 million tons of coal was exported to the Asian-Pacific countries, up by 16% YoY. South Korea imported 2 million…

Russia: shaped tubes segment grew in 2016

In 2016 the segment of shaped tubes reached 2.4 million tons (2.3 million tons in 2015), water and gas pipeline pipes dropped to 325 thousand tons from 370 thousand tons, electric-welded pipes – 925 thousand tons (980 thousand tons). Shares of the major pipe producers in 2016 also changed: Severstal dropped from 29% in 2015…

Russia: VIZ-Stal increases energy efficiency

In 2016 VIZ-Stal, a part of NLMK, implemented 22 projects within the program of the energy savings and decreased electricity consumption by 5.5 million kW-h, hearing energy – by 4319.2 gCal, and natural gas – by 330.7 thousand cubic meters. Thus expenses on energy resources decreased by 20.9 million rubles. The energy saving program included…

Russia: NLMK improves sales structure

In 2016 Russia consumed 8.15 million tons of hot-rolled sheet, with NLMK share at 1.32 million tons. In cold-rolled segment Russia’s consumption was 2.97 million tons, and NLMK supplied 0.81 million tons, in galvanized rolled metal – 2.9 million tons and 0.58 million tons respectively, in metal with polymeric coating – 1.91 million and 0.45…

USA: NLMK refinances $250 million loan

NLMK USA, NLMK Group’s American Division, has refinanced a $250 million credit line acquired in 2011. The new revolving credit line has a maturity of 4 years and will be used to finance working capital and general corporate activities. The borrowers are NLMK Indiana, NLMK Pennsylvania, Sharon Coating, and NLMK North America Plate trading companies.…

Ukraine: government to diversify coal supplies and create coal reserve

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has instructed the country’s government to urgently take exhaustive measures to neutralize the threats to Ukraine’s energy security. The relevant NSDC decision, dated February 16, was enacted by the presidential decree No. 37/2017 published on the Ukrainian president’s official site. “The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers is forthwith to…

Russia: Rusal aluminum sales up in 2016

In 2016 Rusal produced 3.685 million tons of aluminum, up by 1.1% YoY, and sold 3.818 million tons, up by 4.9%. Aluminum produced at Boguchansk Aluminum Works saw the highest increase in sales. Bauxite extraction went up by 0.6% YoY, to 12.187 million tons, nepheline ores – by 7.8%, to 4.432 million tons, alumina –…

Russia: aluminum exports almost flat on 2016

In 2016 Russia exported 3.481 million tons of raw aluminum, up by 0.6% YoY. According to the Federal Customs Service, exports to far foreign countries increased by 0.2% YoY, to 3.414 million tons, to CIS-countries – by 38.2%, to 67 thousand tons. Aluminum exports revenue totaled $4.988 billion, down by 17.9% YoY, including $4.875 billion…