Russia: aluminum output down in January-February 2017

In January-February primary aluminum production decreased by 3.7% YoY, but the output of aluminum alloys went up by 7.7%.

Aluminum powder and flakes output increased by 15.6%, wire rod, rods and sections – by 11.1%, sheets, plates, bars and strips – by 26%, and foil – by 37.8%. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Ruspolymet puts new furnace into operation

Ruspolymet (Kulebaki, Nizhniy Novgorod region) has put into operation the second electroslag remelting furnace with the volume of 14 tons. The construction of two furnaces started in February 2016. The first furnace was put into operation in November 2016. The furnaces are used to produce ingots of structural high-alloyed heat-resistant steels and alloys with the…

Ukraine: Russia stealing 10 thousand tons of coal a day

On March 1-20, over 3.4 thousand wagons with coal passed the border with Russia, according to the statistics data of the Russian Railways.

Thus Russia took some 230 thousand tons of anthracite (10 thousand tons per day) from the uncontrolled territories valued at around 400 million UAH. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Rusnano top exec Pikhoya to chair GV Gold

German Pikhoya, a member of the management board of Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano and former CEO of gold producer Polyus, may become CEO of gold miner GV Gold. Pikhoya has left Rusnano to “chair a large gold producing company,” Rusnano said without any specifications. Pikhoya said he would be ready to discuss the topic only…

Ukraine: metal companies demand canceling railroad tariff discount for Russia

Ukrmetallurgprom has addressed the Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groysman asking him to cancel the railroad tariff and port fee discounts for coal and ore transportation from Russia from Q2. The enterprise president Alexander Kalenkov believes that under present circumstances such a decision will make the use of the local transportation infrastructure more efficient and…

Ukraine: Metinvest and DTEK replace directors of 2 coalminers on occupied territory

Metinvest has replaced the director of Krasnodonugol, which has lost control over its assets on the uncontrolled territory of the Lugansk region. According to the company statement, the supervisory board ended the office of the Alexander Angelovsky and appointed Valentin Kononov the acting CEO instead. DTEK has replaced director of Komsomolets Donbassa mine, which has…

Kazakhstan: copper and zinc output down in January-February 2017

In January-February Kazakhstan decreased copper cathodes and raw zinc output by 3.3% and by 1% YoY respectively.

According to the Statistics committee of the Economy Ministry, raw steel output went up by 8.6% YoY.

Kaz Minerals and KazZinc produce most of the metal. (Ukrainian metal)

Kyrgyzstan to construct a copper works

Kyrgyzstan is deciding on construction of the copper-smelting works, according to the State committee on industry, energy and soil.

To process concentrate the construction of the copper works and the implementation of the new technologies are needed, which are currently absent in Kyrgyzstan. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: OMZ-Spetsstal produces 443-ton ingot

OMZ-Spetsstal has produced the largest forging ingot in the company history – weighing 443 tons. The ingot will be used to produce a heavy supporting roll for the 5000 mill of the Cherepovets Iron and Steel Works. The size of the future product: diameter – 2.36 meters, length – 12 meters. The total weight of…

Ukraine: CAD 50 million coal purchased in January 2017

Ukrainian companies in January imported coking coal for CAD 48.2 million ($36.2 million under the current exchange rate) from Canada, while in January 2016 no coking coal was imported, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk reported. He said that British Columbia had large stocks of coking coal and production facilities. Supplies from the province could…

Ukraine: Chervonogradskaya Factory returned to state ownership

The privatization of the Chervonogradskaya central processing factory has been named illegal, and the Lviv regional commercial court of appeals returned its assets to the state ownership. After the privatization in 2008 and the creation of the Lviv Coal Company the state controlled 37.58% of shares in the new company, with 62% controlled by the…