Russia: TALTEK coal output up in H1 2017

In January-June the TALTEK enterprises mined 2.2 million tons of coal, up by 24.4% YoY. Sales increased by 25.5%, to 2.3 million tons. Local sales account for 40%, while exports – 60%. “Constant investments into optimization of manufacturing processes, modernization, decrease of expenses and the high level of labor motivation give us this considerable increase…

Russia: ZTZ starts testing unique corrosion-resistant coating

Zagorsky Pipe Works has started testing samples of the unique corrosion-resistant plating “Metalen PE-21” produced by Metaclay. This is the monolayer polyethylene coating made without adhesives. “Our long-term plans include the maximum increase of the range of pipe insulation materials suppliers. Soon we will start testing the Borealis materials”, the company CEO Denis Safin said.…

Russia: ChTsZ output up in H1 2017

In January-June Chelyabinsk Zinc Works produced 91.943 thousand tons of zinc and zinc-based alloys. Local sales amounted to 61.1% against 49.7% in H1 2016. Nova Zinc in Kazakhstan produced 17.786 thousand tons of zinc concentrate, down by 3.6%. Lead concentrate output dropped by 38.1% YoY, to 2.207 thousand tons. Brock Metal Co. (UK) increased zinc…

Ukraine: Sukhaya Balka iron ore output down in H1 2017

Sukhaya Balka, sold in May to DCH, in January-June decreased iron ore output by 16.5% YoY, to 1.091 million tons.

In June the mine yielded 261 thousand tons of ore.

In 2016 the enterprise produced 2.654 million tons of iron ore, down by 8.8% YoY. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Tarynsky GOK to start operating in autumn

The first stage of Tarynsky Mining and Processing Works with the project capacity of 700 thousand tons will be put into operation this autumn.

The GOK is expected to produce 2.7 tons (87 thousand ounces) of gold per year.

The reserves of the GOK are estimated at 35 tons of gold. (Ukrainian metal)

Ukraine: pipes output up in H1 2017

In January-June Ukraine produced 500.2 thousand tons of pipes, up by 26% YoY, including 93.8 thousand tons in June. Ukrtrubprom enterprises increased output by 34.6%, to 335.4 thousand tons of pipes, with 64.4 thousand tons in June. Khazrtsyzsk Pipe Works, situated in the uncontrolled territory, produced 3.4 thousand tons of pipes (2.8 thousand tons in…

Russia: Fitch upgrades MMK to BBB-

On July 13 the rating agency Fitch Ratings upgraded the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’s Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘BBB-‘ from ‘BB+’ with Stable Outlook. In its press-release Fitch notes that the rating upgrade reflects MMK’s substantial deleveraging and Fitch’s view that the company’s financial profile will remain conservative, with projected leverage comfortably…

Russia: MMK steel output up in Q2 2017

Steel output of Russia’s Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) increased by 3.8% QoQ, to 3.182 million tons in April-June, the company said in a statement July 17. In January-June, steel production rose by 0.6% YoY, to 6.248 million tons. Metal products sales fell by 3.2% YoY, to 5.605 million tons, in January-June, but increased…

Ukraine: Lvivugol expresses no-confidence to Nasalik

The employees of the state enterprise Lvivugol have expressed no-confidence to the minister of energy and coal industry Igor Nasalik. According to the Independent Miners’ Union chairman Mikhail Volynets, the decision was taken following the systematic non-payment of salary and unfulfilled promises. “As of the Miners’ Day the debts are unlikely to be cleared, thus…