Uzbekistan, Metals and mining

New smelting furnace of 17 thousand tons of copper production capacity a year to be launched in Uzbekistan

Almalyk mining and smelting combine increases manufacture of copper products. So, there was commissioned a new subdivision, copper wire production workshop, at the copper plant in late 2016.

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Steel output in the CIS in October rose by 2.8%

The volumes of steel making in 6 CIS countries in January - October 2016 fell by 0.2% to 84.746 mln tons while in October they rose by 0.3% to 8.463 mln tons (both results in the annual terms).

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Seamless pipes to be produced on the basis of Uzbek metallurgical plant

​On the basis of the Uzbek metallurgical plant it is planned to found the first in the country production of seamless hot deformed pipes.
At the first stage the Uzbek metallurgical plant will produce up to 0.1 mln tons of new products a year. The project capacity of the complex is 0.28 mln tons of pipes a year.
The planned period of the construction start is 2017. The completion of construction is planned for 2020.
The investor is the Chinese company Tianjin Ring-Top Petroleum Manufacturing.
Uzbek metallurgical plant also plans to organize the production of ferroalloys (ferrosilicon – until 2017, ferrosilicon manganese –until 2018), steel wire ropes (2016-2017), rod wire at the mill -300 in the sort-rolling shop #2 (2016-2018).

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Steel output in the CIS in March 2016 grew by 2.3%

​The World Steel Association of Steel producers reported that steel output in the 6 CIS countries in Q1 2016 fell by 0.4% while in March it grew by 2.3% in annual terms.

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Uzbek scientists have found a new way of gold bio-hydrometallurgy.

Employees of the State Enterprise "Navoi MMC" (NMSC) have invented a new method of extracting gold from refractory sulfide gold-ore, the press service of the Agency for Intellectual Property of Uzbekistan informs.
"The method is used in gold bio-hydrometallurgy. Its mission is to enhance the recovery of gold from refractory sulfide gold-ores, containing carbonaceous material", - the report informs.

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Uzmetkombinat is about to produce ore

JSC “Uzbek metallurgical combine” (Uzmetkombinat) plans to start the development of titanium magnetite ores deposit Tebinbulak this year. They stated to Regnum at the plant.
The agency reports that the project, valued $600 million has been confirmed by the government of Uzbekistan. It considers creation of productive capacities by 2021.

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Uzbekistan: Rio Tinto suspends the search for copper.

The mining company Rio Tinto Ltd has suspended geologic exploration work for copper in Uzbekistan due to unfavorable world prices for non-ferrous metals, the State Committee on Geology and Mineral Resources (Goskomgeo) of Uzbekistan reported RIA Novosti.
Project of geologic exploration work with Rio Tinto was not included into the state investment program in 2016.

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“Uzmetkombinat” to start titanium magnetite ores production

Uzbek Metallurgical Industrial complex (Uzmetkombinat) plans to start the development of the titanium magnetic ores deposit Tebinbulak this year.
The project is valued at $600 million. It is approved by the Government of Uzbekistan and considers the creation of productive capacity by 2021 and construction of a metallurgical complex on the output of 500 thousand tons of steel products a year.

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Uzbek NGMK to reduce expenses for development projects by 36% in 2016

Uzbek state company “Navoi Mining and Metallurgical plant” is about to invest $101.5 million for development projects in 2016, a spokesman for the company stated to RIA Novosti.
In 2015, NGMK finished implementation of projects, valued at $158 million in total. In particular, the plant has carried out technical re-equipment of the core production facilities (gold, uranium) of $57.7 million in value. Besides, there has been completed an expansion of the tail facilities of the refining capacities in Zarafshan, as well as the construction of a tailing pit in Uchkuduk. The total value of the projects made up $70.5 million.

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In 2015, Uzbek Navoi mining and metallurgical plant allocated $158 million for upgrade

In 2015, Uzbek Navoi mining and metallurgical plant has completed implementation of projects to the total amount of $158 million, a representative of the plant reports.
"The five projects, four of which provided for the modernization of existing production lines, and one - the construction of a new facility were scheduled to be performed this year, their construction was completed," - he said. In particular, the plant carried out technical re-equipment of the main production line for gold and uranium to the total amount of $57.7 million. The program provides for the replacement of mill blocks in grinding shops, modernization of gravity shops, replacement of units of sorption plants, thickeners.

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