Russia: MMK output up in 2017

In 2017 MMK increased steel output by 2.5% YoY, to 12.86 million tons. According to the group statement, pig iron manufacture grew by 5.3%, to 10.163 million tons, and rolled metal – by 0.1%, to 11.331 million tons. Sales to Russia and CIS increased by 3.6%, to 8.528 million tons, at the same time exports…

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Ukraine: NGZ alumina output up in 2017

In 2017 Nikolaev Alumina Works produced 1.676 million tons of alumina, up by 10.95% YoY.

Last year the company finished the project to increase alumina output to 1.7 million tons. Investments in 2015-2017 totaled $10.3 million.

Alumina manufacture plan has been exceeded by 2.8%, or by 45.5 thousand tons. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: NLMK the main exporter of Lipetsk region

In 2017 Lipetsk region exports grew by 41.6% YoY, to $3977.6 million.

The main partners of the region were Turkey, Mexico, Belgium and Denmark.

At the same time Novolipetsk Iron and Steel Works provided the lion’s share of all exports – 95.5%. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: NLMK-Kaluga energy consumption down

NLMK-Kaluga has finished the lighting modernization project. The project improved labor conditions and decreased electricity consumption 3-fold. The project began in 2016. The assembly of the new equipment was carried out in H2 2017. Investments totaled 39 million rubles. Some 2117 lambs were replaced, decreasing electricity consumption from 9.9 million kW-h per year to 2.8…

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Russia: Europe to hit rebars with duties

A number of European metal companies, that have previously demanded antidumping investigation on Belarus rebars, are prepared to submit a similar claim against Russian suppliers. According to Eurofer, in January-November 2017 EU imported 304.1 thousand tons of rebars from Russia. It should be noted that Turkey supplied 383.3 thousand tons. At the same time in…

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Armenia: Lydian’s gold mine pre-operationally certified under ICMC

Lydian Armenia announced on January 24 that Lydian International’s Amulsar Gold Mine in Armenia has been pre-operationally certified in compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC/Cyanide Code). Lydian’s Amulsar Project is the first project worldwide to receive Pre-operational certification since revisions to the Code, published in 2016 – following amendments to the Code, and…

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Ukraine: Lviv-Volyn basin stops shipping coal

The state enterprise Lvivugol has reported on the complete halt of coal purchases from the Lviv-Volyn region. Since September 2015 there has been a mechanism of mutual purchases of coal between Centerenergo and DTEK. To decrease transportation costs Centerenergo bought coal from DTEK Pavlogradugol and DTEK Dobropolyeugol, while the coal from the Lviv-Volyn basin was…

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Ukraine: illegally mined coal to be sold in Africa

The so-called Ministry of coal and energy of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a terrorist organization created and supported by Russia, is actively seeking sales markets for coal mined on the occupied territory of the region.

In particular, the DPR representatives are trying to establish sales to Africa. (Ukrainian metal)