Over 10 years GeoProMining has invested some $504 million in Armenia. The group deals in gold, copper, molybdenum and antimony concentrate manufacture. Its main assets in Armenia are GPM Gold, operating at the Sotsky gold mine and Ararat gold-extracting factory, as well as Agarak Copper-Molybdenum Works (AMMK). Capital expenses on AMMK modernization totaled $30 million.…Details
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…Details
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.…Details
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…Details
In January-May Ukrainian thermal and combined heat and power plants consumed 9.16 million tons of coal, down by 26% YoY. According to the Ministry of energy and coal industry, in May coal consumption decreased by 40.8% YoY, to 1.343 million tons. The drop in consumption is the result of the stop of deliveries from the…Details
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)
In January-June Russia produced 25.8 million tons of pig iron, down by 0.5% YoY. In June pig iron output dropped by 2.1% YoY and by 4.4% MoM. Rolled metal manufacture in 6 months totaled 29.9 million tons, up by 0.2% YoY. In June rolled metal output decreased by 4.8% YoY and by 6.7% MoM. Pipe…Details
In January-June Geotekhnologia mined 3.76 thousand tons of nickel at its Shanuch deposits in Kamchatka. The enterprise processed 69 thousand tons of ore concentrate. In the second half of the year the company intends to mine 78 thousand tons of ore, and 200-250 thousand tons of copper-nickel ore in 2018. The Shanuch deposits are estimated…Details
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)
Chelyabinsk Zinc Works has started constructing the leaching department of its hydrometallurgical shop. The preliminary stage ended in mid-July: the concrete surface of the future construction site has been disassembled. “The decision to start constructing the department was taken under the program to increase capacity to 200 thousand tons of zinc per year. After the…Details
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…Details
In January-May Belarus exported $727.7 million worth of metal. According to the State Statistics Committee, the metal share in the total industrial exports was 6.8%. Rolled steel exports increased by 6.8% YoY, iron and steel wire – by 42.1%, steel pipes – by 3.8%, and metal structures – by 3.4%. Rolled metal amounted to 32.8%…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Mikhail Volynets, the chairman of the Confederation of Free Unions, reports that over 50 miners of Lisichanskugol (Lugansk region) are striking underground. “In particular 31 miners from the mine named after Kapustin and 21 miners from the Novodruzheskaya mine are on strike”, he wrote on his Facebook page. “The administration has forbidden other miners to…Details
In June Ukraine produced 1565 thousand tons of steel, down by 7.3% MoM, or by 124 thousand tons. In January-June steel output dropped by 17.2% YoY, or by 2140 thousand tons, to 10273 thousand tons. In May steel manufacture increased by 18.7% MoM, or by 266 thousand tons, to 1689 thousand tons. In 2016 Ukraine…Details
The metal industry of the Zaporozhye region provides jobs to every fifth citizen – 29.9 thousand people, or 21.3% of the regions employment, in mining – 5.9 thousand people, or 4.2%. In January-June the index of industrial output in metal industry increased by 2.1% YoY, though in mining it fell by 3.4%, mostly because of…Details
The state enterprise Gosgeonedra has given the license to the Vostochniy Mining and Processing Works in Kropivnitsky (Kirovograd region) to mine for uranium. “I have met with the miners and promised to help. The authorities reacted to my appeal. On July 17, 3 thousand people went to work”, the Radical party leader Oleg Lyashko reported.…Details
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…Details
In early June Rosneft and the Pipe Metallurgical Company signed a contract for the delivery of oil pipes, and on July 13 the TMK deputy CEO Vladimir Shmatovich reported its cost – over $3 billion. The contract has been signed for 5.5 years, which will allow TMK to occupy some 40% of the Russian market,…Details
In September Karabashmed will start replacing converters in its metallurgical shop. The company intends to increase output to 130 thousand tons of raw copper per year and improve environment safety by implementing the gas-purifying system. The converters will be put into operation in the middle of the next year. At present the company operates 3…Details
In January-June Russian Railroads bought 553.5 thousand tons of rails. All the rails are bought from Russian manufacturers. In particular Evraz supplied 397.1 thousand tons of rails, and Mechel – 156.4 thousand tons. This year Russian Railroads intends to buy around 1 million tons of rails: some 700 thousand tons from Evraz and 330 thousand…Details
The Belarus Iron and Steel Works section-rolling shop No. 2 has produced 1 million tons of metal since the start of its operations. The event took place on July 16, the Day of the Metallurgists. In H1 2017 the shop sold 256.3 thousand tons of metal valued at $112.4 million, exporting 215.2 thousand tons (84%)…Details
In January-June the Pipe Metal Company increased sales by 4.1% YoY, to 1.808 million tons. The increase was spurred mostly by the demand growth for seamless pipes, the company said in a statement. Seamless pipes sales increased by 16.9%, to 1.346 million tons. Welded pipes sales dropped by 21%, to 462 thousand tons due to…Details
By the end of the year Rusal intends to have finished negotiations with the banks on loans to complete construction of Tayshet Aluminum Works. “We’re negotiating with VEB on a rather advanced stage. But there is no word from Rushydro yet. As soon as they say anything, we will draw financing together”, Rusal strategy, business…Details
In 2017 VSMPO-Avisma intends to keep earnings on the previous year level – 76 billion rubles.
Sales are expected to increase by 15.8%, to 28.3 thousand tons.
The strengthening of the ruble negatively affects the ruble reports, the ruble equivalent of exports decreases, and that’s some 70% of all earnings. (Ukrainian metal)