Russia: MMK celebrates 85th anniversary

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works celebrates the 85th anniversary of the launch of its Magnitogorsk mill. On February 1, 1932 the mill’s first blast furnace produced its first batch of pig iron. This date has come to be celebrated as marking the launch of MMK – one of the largest metal facilities in Russia…

Tajikistan to increase aluminum output in 2017

The Minister of Economic Development and Trade Nematullo Hikmatullozoda reported that Tajikistan planned to increase production of primary aluminum by 40% this year. “We plan to increase the volume of aluminum production to 179,000 tons this year,” the minister said. “Of course, it will depend on prices and demand for aluminum. If demand for aluminum…

Belarus: investors to be involved in platinum exploration and development

Belarus has plans to sign a concession agreement for the development of a precious metals deposit which contains platinum group metals among others, Sergei Mamchik, the director of the geology department at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, said. The specialist explained that one of the deposits discovered in Belarus contained precious metals,…

Ukraine: Avdiivka Coke to restore production levels in 3-4 days after electricity supply repairs

Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Works will restore levels of production in three to four days after electricity transmission lines to the town of Avdiivka are repaired, the company CEO Musa Mahomedov said. “How quickly will we be able to restore production? Usually this takes 3-4 days following a shut-down,” he said. Mahomedov said currently two…

Russia: gold output in Zabaikalsky region up in 2016

Gold mining companies of Russia’s Zabaikalsky region increased gold output by 7% YoY, to over 12 tons in 2016, an analyst at the geology and subsurface use department of the region’s Natural Resources Ministry Alexei Zakharov reported. Tungsten concentrate production rose by 10%, to 1,700 tons, lead and zinc production remained flat at over 43,000…

Russia: TMK to hold SPO roadshow

Russian oil and gas pipe producer TMK will hold a roadshow for its secondary public offering (SPO) in England and the U.S on February 1-2, and will guide investors for a pre-market placement price of 74.5 rubles per paper, a banking source reported. The bookbildung will be finished on February 2, the source said. On…

Russia: BAZ increases alumina capacities

Bogoslovsky Aluminum Works, a part of Rusal, has put the decomposing battery No. 1 into operation. The volume of the battery is 2.2 thousand cubic meters; the construction lasted for 1.5 years. Investments into the project totaled 147 million rubles. The new machine will process aluminum solution and increase alumina manufacture by 87 thousand tons…

Russia: Izhstal output up in 2016

In 2016 Izhstal, a part of Mechel, increased output by 50% YoY. Output volume totaled 378 thousand tons; sales volume reached 375 thousand tons. Steel manufacture increased by 32% YoY, to 261 thousand tons; that of rolled metal – by 33%, to 343 thousand tons. The highest growth was achieved in stainless and alloyed steel…

Georgia: steel pipes imports up in 2016

According to the National Statistic Service of Georgia, in 2016 the trade turnover with Turkey, the second largest trade partner of Georgia, reached $1.52 billion, with exports at $173.56 million, down by 7.1% YoY, and imports at $1.35 billion, up by 1.8% YoY. In 2016 Georgia imported 63588 tons of steel pipes from Turkey valued…

Russia: Moscow shuts down Rezhnickel

The Moscow shareholders of Rezhnickel, a part of Rusnickel, have started shutting down the works. Some 850 employees will be sent to forced vacation with two thirds of salary. Around 100 employees will be left looking after the shops. The machinery could be put back into operation as soon as the market situation improves. But…