Russia: Ruspolymet to launch 1.14-billion ruble powder steel plant by 2018

Russian metallurgical company Ruspolymet plans to launch a 1.14 billion ruble plant to produce powdered high-speed steel billets for metal-cutting tools in the Sarov technological cluster in the Nizhny Novgorod region, the company’s board of directors chairman Viktor Klochai announced. The project will be implemented by Ruspolymet’s subsidiary Grankom under state industrial corporation Rosatom’s scientific…

Ukraine: coal stocks at TPPs down

Coal stocks at Ukrainian thermal power plants on February 6-12, decreased by 4.9%, or by 79 thousand tons, to 1.53 million tons. Gas-group coal stocks dropped by 8.4%, or by 63 thousand tons, to 688 thousand tons (with 121 thousand tons at Burshtyn TPP). Anthracite coal stocks decreased by 1.8%, or by 16 thousand tons,…

Russia: steel pipes imports up in 2016

In 2016 Russia imported 478 thousand tons of steel pipes, up by 17% YoY. According to the Federal Customs Service, far foreign countries supplied 190 thousand tons of pipes, down from 201 thousand tons in 2015. Steel pipes imports from CIS increased from 206 thousand tons to 288 thousand tons. On the whole metal imports…

Ukraine to stop using anthracite in 2 years

The minister of energy and coal industry Igor Nasalik believes, that in 2-2.5 years Ukraine could completely stop using anthracite coal in energy sphere. According to him, the decision to switch thermal power plants from anthracite to gas-group coal was taken by the ministry after the coal supplies from the uncontrolled territories were stopped in…

Ukraine: SPF confirms fulfillment of privatization obligations by AMKR

State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU) has confirmed the fulfillment of investment obligations by ArcelorMittal Duisburg Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (owner of 95.13% shares of ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih) in 2016 according to Sale and Purchase Agreement. SPFU conducted the inspection at ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih on February 7-10. This is the 18th inspection of SPFU conducted directly at…

Ukraine to increase coal output in 2017

Ukraine’s coal production is expected to increase by 60-80%, Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Ihor Nasalyk has stated. “I look at the development of coal industry with optimism. We have set a task to increase coal production by almost 60-80%, and we will achieve this result by joint efforts,” Nasalyk said. According to him,…

Russia: VIZ-Stal puts new machinery into operation

VIZ-Stal, a part of NLMK, has completed the first stage of transformer rolled metal thermal treatment machinery modernization. In particular, 8 new stands of bell furnaces have replaced outdated machinery, improving the reliability of the furnaces and decreasing expenses. Within the first stage of the modernization program 7% of all the stands at VIZ-Stal have…

Russia: Izhstal deliveries to Belarus up in 2016

In 2016 Izhstal, a part of Mechel, increased deliveries to Belarusian MAZ by 71% YoY. Supplies to Spetsagro increased by 96%. Shipments to other major Belarusian companies also increased. In 2016 exports totaled 7.5% of Izhstal output. The company exported to 21 countries. Major importers were Belarus, Belgium, Kazakhstan, USA, Germany and France. Alloyed steel…

Russia: coal exports in 2017 to increase

In 2017 coal companies of Russia plan to export 175 million tons of coal, up by 10 million tons YoY.

In 2016 Russia mined 385 million tons of coal, with Kuzbass region yielding 227.4 million tons. 165 million tons were exported. (Ukrainian metal)