Russia: Rashnikov sells 3% in MMK

Mintha Holding Limited of businessman Viktor Rashnikov has sold a 3% interest in Russia’s Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) on the market for about 36.7 rubles per security, a financial source reported on September 6. “The bidding book was open yesterday and the placement of the entire stake was successful. Many Russian brokers bid…

Kyrgyzstan: Centerra and government sign agreement

“The agreements of Centerra and the government of Kyrgyzstan will have a good impact on the investment climate of the republic,” the head of the International Business Council Askar Sydykov said, commenting on the Cabinet’s statements on the agreement reached. “A detailed assessment of the agreements can be given when all of their details will…

Ukraine lacking gas coal

The minister of energy and coal industry Igor Nasalik says Ukraine is experiencing the shortage of gas coal to replace anthracite. In 2017 anthracite consumption dropped by 3.5 million tons and is expected to decrease by 3 million tons more in 2018. Nasalik has addressed the Ministry of finances to provide funds for investments into…

Ukraine: Zaporizhstal remechanizing loco fleet

Zaporizhstal is implementing the project on remechanization of its diesel-locomotive shunters. According to the company statement, this will improve the lifetime of its fleet comprising 80 locomotives. In August the works carried out a pilot project. Investments totaled 8 million UAH. The modernization of the locomotive has been carried out by Nikolayev Locomotive-Repair Plant. Modernization…

Ukraine: pellets exports in January-July 2017

In January-July Ferrexpo exported 5.87 million tons of iron ore pellets. In particular, Poltava Mining and Processing Works exported 4.705 million tons of pellets, while Yeristovo GOK – 1.165 million tons. At the same time Karelsky Okatysh exported 2.875 million tons of pellets, Mikhailovsky GOK – 2.148 million tons, Lebedinsky GOK (all three – Russia)…

Russia: Chukotka to mine 25-30 tons of gold

Chukotka has been decreasing gold output lately. The local authorities believe this is because of the thinning of gold deposits. In 2016 the region obtained 29.184 tons of gold, down by 9.17% YoY. “We are settling issues with new projects. We’re constructing electricity lines. We are prepared to work at the Kupol deposits, and at…

Ukraine: coal output down in January-August 2017

In January-August coal enterprises produced 23.592 million tons of coal, down by 9.4% YoY. According to the Ministry of energy and coal industry, coking coal output decreased by 24.5%, to 4497.3 thousand tons, power-generating coal – by 5%, to 19094.7 thousand tons. In August Ukraine produced 2543.2 thousand tons of coal, down by 26.1% YoY.…

Russia: Rusal starts supplying aluminum to the new segment of the local market

Rusal announces the manufacture of the first in Russia high-voltage power transformer with aluminum winding. The project was carried out by the Engineering-Construction division in 2016-2017 within the program to improve the stability of electric equipment operation at Rusal aluminum plants. The first transformer has already arrived at the Bratsk Aluminum Works. Rusal plans to…

Ukraine: occupied Makeevka mine flooded

At the Horizon mine in the pro-Russia terrorist-occupied Makeevka following the accident at least two miners perished. The accident happened on September 1, when the mine was flooded. The body of a miner – the Makeevka citizen (born 1987) – was recovered. Soon after that the body of another miner was found – also Makeevka…

Kazakhstan: energy minister lambasts repairs at ArcelorMittal Temirtau’s TPP

The Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kanat Bozumbayev, has dubbed the troubled facilities in terms of the preparation for the upcoming heating season. “In a number of regions, there are outstanding issues that require additional measures to ensure the stability of the upcoming heating season,” Kanat Bozumbayev said at a government session.…