Metals and mining

In 2013, Kazakhstan reduced coal production by 0.6% to 119.9 million tons

In 2013, Kazakhstan reduced coal production by 0.6% to 119.860 million tons, the state statistical agency reports. They produced within the period 114.651 million tons of lignite and stone coal (-0.9%), and 5.209 million tons of coal concentrate (+7%).
Translated by Nadezhda Poltoratskaya

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Rotary-slitting line is launched at TMK-INOX

A rotary-slitting line of coil metal has been launched at TMK-INOX, the joint venture of RUSNANO and TMK Pipes, in Kamensk-Uralsky within a strategic program of corrosion-resistant tubes and pipes production reconstruction. Swiss company SYTCO was the supplier of the equipment.

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Russia reduced aluminium export

There was shipped 3.100 million tons of crude aluminium from Russia to foreign markets in January-November 2013. It is by 3.5% less against the same period in 2012, the Federal Customs Service stated. Aluminium export is down by 4.3% in monetary cost.

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Investments by Russian coal companies are down by 36% in 2013

The investments by the mining companies of Russia into the coal sector went down by 35.8% to 75 billion roubles in 2013 from 116.9 billion roubles in 2012, is said in the materials of the Ministry of Energy of Russia.
There is expected the launch of 5 coal facilities in Russia in 2014. They are the mine “Karagailinskoye” of  2 million tons capacity and the plant of the same name of 2.5 million tons capacity of the company “Zarechnaya” (Kemerovo region), open-pit mine “Taibinskiy” (1.8 mln tons) of OOO “Invest-Uglesbyt”, open cast “Kiyzasskiy” (4.5 mln tons). They are about to open a processing plant “Sadkinskaya” (3.5 mln tons) of “South coal company” Ltd in the Rostov region.

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The Khabarovsk region sets a record on gold production

By results of 2013, gold companies of the Khabarovsk region reached record volumes over the last ten years – 20.7 tons of gold. In 2012, the volume of production made up about 18 tons of gold, the regional administration’s press centre reported.
Last time, when the level of 20 tons, was exceeded was in 2004. Then 21.2 tons of gold were received from all deposits of the region.

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Ukrainian metal producers have faced unexpected fall in steel demand

The Ukrainian metal producers have faced unexpected fall in steel demand. Within the last month, the stored reserves of unsold rolled steel increased by 1/3 to the maximum level for the last 5 years.
Yesterday Ukrpromvneshexpertiza reported that the growth in metal items production in December 2013 on the background of a reduction in demand at the external markets led to rapid growth in stored rolled steel in the ports, by 27% to 2.2 million tons. Such volumes have not been stored since the crisis year of 2009. They increased in the reserves of long items by 130,000 tons and flat sections by 260,000 tons.
The deputy director of the analytic department of Ukrpromvneshexpertiza, P. Perkonos explained that the Ukrainian producers increased steel production awaiting the traditional growth in demand at the verge of December and January. The chief analyst of Dragon Capital, D. Sakva says that the metal producers awaited  a repeat of the situation when prices for metal items increased in Q1. However this time the traders and the consumers are tough in their decision not to bear the risks of a reduction in circulation assets and growth in reserves at the end of the financial year.

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Globaltrans to transport cargos of Metalloinvest till the end of 2016

100% of railway cargos of Metalloinvest will be transported by the company Globaltrans till 2017.
According to the Globaltrans’ report, published today, it managed to come to an agreement with the mining and metallurgic company of Alisher Usmanov on prolongation of service contract on Metalloinvest’s cargos transportation till the end of 2016.

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Mechel accuses Weir International of overstating of coal reserves assessment

On December 30th of 2013, Mechel’s subsidiaries Mechel Mining and Mechel Bluestone filed an action in the court of West Virginia against the company Weir International Inc. The latter carried out additional exploration of resources at deposits of Bluestone, bought by Mechel from Justice in 2009.
Mechel thinks that requirements of the JORC code, which is the recognized international resource counting system, weren’t complied during the appraisal. According to Mechel’s specialists, Weir carried out an insufficiently detailed assessment, was guided by outdated data and took into account off-balance reserves. Particularly, more than a half of resources, calculated by Weir, were sold to the company National Resource Partners and wasn’t included into the deal between Mechel and Justice.

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ChTPZ to supply almost a half of pipes for the Kuyumba-Taishet oil pipeline

The Chelyabinsk pipe plant (ChTPZ) will supply 45 thousand tons of large-diameter pipes to Transneft for the construction of the Kuyumba-Taishet main oil pipeline before the end of the first six months of this year, the ChTPZ’s press centre reported.

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In 2013, Cherepovets metal works set record in agglomerate production

In 2013, Cherepovets metal works, a subsidiary of Severstal set record in agglomerate production for the last 20 years,in fact since 1990, having made 9.075 million tons of the product. They set record because of the reconstruction of the agglomeration machines with installation of the additional vacuum camera, the use of agglomerated ore and enlarged in lime stone consumption. The growth in agglomerate production made it possible to achieve the main target of all shops of the first metallurgical conversion, enlargement in cast iron production and reduction of its production prime cost.

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