Ferrexpo plc, whose main assets are Ukrainian iron ore producers Poltava and Yeristovo mining and processing plants, raised iron ore pellet production 4.6% year-on-year in H1, 2020, to 5.598 million tonnes, the company said in a press release.
Output of pellets with 65% Fe-content grew 7.1% year-on-year, to 5.5 million tonnes while output 62% Fe fell 54.4%, to 98,000 tonnes.
Ferrexpo did not produce pellets from third-party feedstock.
Pellet production rose 5.4% quarter-on-quarter in Q2, 2020, to 2.873 million tonnes, including 2.848 million tonnes of 65% Fe, up 7.4%, and 24,700 tonnes of 62% Fe, down 66.3%.
The company’s facilities “continue to operate with minimal impact on operations to date, and the company continues to closely monitor its workforce,” Ferrexpo said in a COVID-19 update. “The infection rate in the local communities surrounding the company’s operations remains low,” it said.
The London-listed Ferrexpo plc owns 100% of Ferrexpo AG, which owns 100% of each of Poltava Mining and Yeristovo Mining and 99.9% of Belanovo Mining. Ferrexpo’s main customers are steelmakers in Austria, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Vietnam and the United States. Pellet production grew 0.8% to 10.519 million tonnes on 2019.