Global rating agency Fitch has downgraded outlook for a BB- long-term issuer’s default rating of Russia’s Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant, or ChelPipe, to Negative from Stable, it said in a statement. The Negative outlook reflects Fitch’s wariness about ChelPipe’s ability to reduce liabilities and the overall debt to funds from operations (FFO) ratio from 4x at…Details
In November Ukraine produced 1.87 million tons of steel, down by 3% MoM. Pig iron manufacture grew by 2%, to 1.83 million tons, while rolled metal dropped by 6%, to 1.6 million tons. “A slight decrease of steel and rolled metal output in November has to do with the scheduled and current repairs of the…Details
Three gold deposits in Naryn region of Kyrgyzstan were sold for $1.8 million, the State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use reported. Following the auction on the Small Naryn field (placer gold, geological exploration), Egiz-Suu LLC, which offered $53,000, was declared the winner. The winner of the auction for the right to use the…Details
Industrial Union of Donbas (ISD) Corporation is currently controlling its production assets in Alchevsk, Luhansk region, namely Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works, Alchevsk Coke Chemical Plant (Alchevskkoks) and PJSC Ecoenergy, located in the temporarily uncontrolled territory of Ukraine. “Due to different interpretations of ISD Corporation’s statement made on November 29, we believe it is necessary…Details
Russian aluminum giant UC RUSAL has agreed to acquire a majority stake in K&K, a Krasnoyarsk region-based light-alloy wheel disks facility, it said in a statement on November 30. The deal is currently under a due diligence procedure and will be sent to the Federal Antimonopoly Service for approval after its structure is defined, a…Details
Industrial Union of Donbas Corporation (ISD) has officially reported on a significant risk of losing effective managerial control over the production assets (industrial sites and office premises in Alchevsk, Luhansk region), including PJSC Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works, PJSC Alchevsk Coke Chemical Plant (Alchevskkoks) and PJSC Ecoenergy, which together constitute a significant part of the…Details
The government has imposed new export duties on tungsten scrap and waste. The duty of 7.5% has been imposed for a year. In 2014-2015 Russia exported 21 tons of tungsten scrap at $3.6 per kg, while in 2016 – 138 tons at $10.8 per kg and in 2017 it is expected that exports will reach…Details
Uraltrubprom has developed and put in operation a unique line to manufacture connections for casing pipes used in oil extraction. The peculiarity of the new line is its German robots, which have become a link between the typical mills in the manufacturing chain. “Our main task was to unite all the separate units of the…Details
In January-October Severstal supplied around 400 thousand tons of metal to Russian and CIS automobile manufacturers, up by 21% YoY. In particular, Russia-based plants received 300 thousand tons of metal, up by 7% YoY. “According to our estimates, the demand for steel in Russian automobile industry in 2017 will increased by 9-12% YoY, and next…Details
Germany may develop rare earth metals deposits jointly with Russia in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich declared on November 29. “The international energy markets are unstable today, we had a period of a significant fall of prices for almost all commodities, and this led to a decrease of investment in the energy sector…Details
Donskoy Antrazit, a part of DTEK, intends to increase coalmining from 0.93 million tons per year to 1.3 million tons. For this the company will invest around 4.2 billion rubles in 2018-2025. The output growth will be provided by merging the Dalnyaya mine with the closed down mine No. 410. In 2016 DTEK assets in…Details
The Volyn region governor Vladimir Gunchik has discussed with the deputy minister of energy and coal industry Galina Karp the problem of salary debts to miners. The deputy minister promised that the necessary money to clear debts would be transferred by December 8. On December 5, Gunchik will meet with miners and union representatives to…Details
While miners are not paid their wages, the state decided to recover over 70 million UAH from Volynugol for not meeting the coalmining plan. Volynugol had to mine 200 million UAH worth of coal for the customer, having received the 90% prepayment, but the miners failed to provide the required amounts of coal. “The miners…Details
In January-October Kazakhstan exported 23.4 million tons of coal, up by 13.6% YoY.
Output totaled 86.6 million tons, up by 11.6% YoY, or by 9 million tons. 61.8 million tons were supplied to the local market, with 45.9 million tons delivered to combined heat power plants and state district power plants. (Ukrainian metal)
Mikheyevsky Mining and Processing Works has completed repairs of the Superior MK 60-89 gyratory breaker with the capacity of 4 thousand tons of ore per hour.
This is the largest breaker in Russia.
The repairs were completed in just 36 hours instead of 120 as planned. (Ukrainian metal)
VIZ-Stal has started assembling new crane machinery to service its cold-rolling mills. The new crane with the boggy truck will replace the outdated lifting machine. The new crane lifting capacity is 22 tons against 20 tons of the old one, and this will result in the transportation growth of 10%. The new crane will be…Details
In Q3 Asha Iron and Steel Works received 19 million rubles of net profits as opposed to the loss of 92 million rubles in Q2. According to the company statement, in Q3 2016 it received 435 million rubles of net profits. In January-September AMZ net profit totaled 372.2 million rubles, down by 57% YoY. In…Details
In September Metinvest increased EBITDA by 69.5% YoY and by 38.2% MoM, to $217 million. According to the group statement, revenue grew by 47.3% YoY and by 11.7% MoM, to $832 million. In September Metinvest sold 1.286 million tons of metal, up by 18% YoY and by 8.9% MoM, valued at $701 million. Mining sales…Details
36 mines on Ukraine-uncontrolled territory can no longer be used because of the complete or partial flooding. “As the result of the military activities, coalmining enterprises have been cut off grid resulting in the break in the operation of water-pumping systems, which in some cases has led to complete flooding of mines”, the OSCE report…Details
The unit has already received the certificate allowing it to be commissioned. The fan will be providing the mine with ventilation for some 35 years.
The new unit has replaced outdated centrifugal fans. (Ukrainian metal)
NLMK Group, an international steel company with operations in Russia, the USA and the European Union, has shipped transformer (or grain-oriented steel, GO) steel to Ruselprom, one of Russia’s leading electric machinery manufacturers. NLMK steel was used to make energy equipment for the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, the Ural. Steel for the…Details
In January-September DTEK Group of Companies produced 21 million tons of coal, down by 5.8% YoY (out of which high-volatile steam coal grades accounted for 16.9 million tons, up by 10.5% YoY; anthracite and lean coal accounted for 4.1 million tons, down by 41.7%). “Ukraine will become energy independent,” says DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko when…Details
Roof of the smelting shop No. 1 of Nadezhdinsky Iron and Steel Works in Norilsk has collapsed. According to emergency service, the roof was damaged on the space of 500 square meters. The roof collapsed following a very strong wind with the velocity of 30 meters per second. There were no casualties. At present the…Details
More than half of creditors that issued a $1 billion syndicated loan to Russian metals and mining group Mechel supported its restructuring conditions, Mechel CEO Oleg Korzhov said in a conference call on November 28. Some of the banks have sold their shares in the loan. “Currently, we continue negotiations with the banks that have…Details
Russian metals producers UC RUSAL and Norilsk Nickel have abandoned an idea of a merger, key owner of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin said on November 29. “We have agreed with Oleg Deripaska, president and key beneficiary of RUSAL, that Norilsk Nickel and RUSAL are different companies and no synergy is visible. This is why they…Details
Prime Minister Sapar Isakov met with the Chief Executive Officer at Centerra Gold Inc. Scott Perry. According to the press service, during the meeting the current state and prospects of joint cooperation were discussed. The head of government noted that the Kyrgyz side, as the largest shareholder, was interested in the stable operation of the…Details