ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih has stopped using natural gas at two of its blast furnaces (##6 and 7) by switching to gasless charge, and thus decreasing the prime cost of pig iron.
The Security Service of Ukraine has found the facts of polluting over 3 hectares of agricultural lands in Ternopil region with mining wastes.
Ukrzaliznytsia says it’s willing to provide additional cargo trains for Metinvest.
In January-March Ukraine mined 10 million tons of coal, up by 6.4% YoY.
According to the Ministry of energy and coal industry, in March coal output totaled 3.4 million tons. (Ukrainian metal)
DTEK Ternovskoye Mine Group was the second among other DTEK mine groups to yield 1 million tons of coal since the beginning of the year.
In March Ukrainian metal makers produced 2.2 million tons of steel, up by 30% YoY and 12% MoM. That is the highest result since July 2014 when the escalation of the military activity in Donbass dropped steel output by 28% MoM.
The police have started investigating the decision of the Ministry of economical development and trade to register scrap export operations.
The Verkhovnaya Rada industrial policy and entrepreneurship committee chairman Victor Galasyuk wants to discuss the actions of Ukrzaliznytsia in giving preferences in transportation to manufacturers from other countries and not providing such privileges to local ones.
Buzhanskaya miners have addressed the President of Ukraine, the minister of energy, people’s deputies and local authorities telling them of the illegal actions of the new acting CEO of Volynugol Valentin Kiselev.
In late March Pakistan imposed additional duties on rolled metal from Ukraine. Ukrainian metal makers could lose $2-5 million.
Metinvest is forced to resume sea delivery routes to Mariupol Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and Azovstal. The reason for this is the low acceptance rate of the Kamysh-Zarya – Volnovakha span, the only railroad that connects Mariupol to the rest of Ukraine.
Interpipe has signed a license agreement with JFE Steel Corporation to produce JFEBEAR thread connection.