There is no political background in Antonov’s cooperation with Dneprospetsstal (DSS), main shareholders of which are Russian, said Ukroboronprom general director Roman Romanov.
In January-August Ukraine exported 577.55 thousand tons of ferroalloys worth $635.58 million, down by 9.8% and 19.3% YoY respectively.
By the end of September Ukraine would have received the first ships with coal from the South African Republic.
In early September Ukrainian exporters of rebars announced a price drop.
In August Ukraine mined 3171 thousand tons of coal, down by 30.5% from the planned results.
The largest Ukrainian mining and metal company Metinvest has said that its enterprises are operating under Ukrainian law and its Khartsyzsk Pipe Works and Yenakievo Iron and Steel Works (both based in Donetsk region) have been re-registered in Ukrainian controlled Mariupol, and has expressed hope that VAT for exported goods will be refunded.
In August the major VAT-reimbursement receiver among the mining-metallurgical companies was ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih with 535.1 million UAH.
For the first time since the beginning of 2014 Ukrainian metal sector has shown some rise. August results confirm the first half-year trend in output increase. In August Ukrainian companies produced 9% more steel, than a year ago.
As of September 1, DTEK thermal power stations warehouse 1.14 million tons of coal. Provided the deliveries face no hindrance, coal stocks will be further increased.
In the first half year of 2015 Ferrexpo-controlled Poltava Mining and Processing Works (PGOK) paid over 434 million UAH to the Ukrainian budgets as taxes and fees.
The experts don’t expect a noticeable increase in Ukrainian metal output or export this year.