PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) plans to invest $700 million in modernization of equipment before 2023, CEO Mauro Longobardo has said.
“We have a specific plan focused specifically on protecting the environment. From 2020 to 2023, we plan to invest $700 million only on the environment,” he said during a presentation of the Ecology and Sustainable Development Committee under auspices of the European Business Association (EBA) on Tuesday, responding to a question of Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Longobardo, the company considers the new committee as a platform, including for discussions of a transition period for the transformation of the enterprise into a more modernized one.
The CEO of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih said that the company plans to update the sinter plants and also invest in a new pelletizing factory.
“We plan to complete the repair and upgrade of two sinter plants by June 2021. The new pelletizing factory will take longer, at least 24 months is required from the moment we finalize negotiations with the contractor,” Longobardo said.
ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, the biggest mining and steel plant in Ukraine, invested $415.4 million in the development of production in 2019, which was 6.2% less compared with 2018 ($433 million). The company said in a press release on Thursday that of these, operating costs amounted to $116 million, and capital – to $299.4 million.
“2019 was a difficult year for all plants of mining and steel complex of Ukraine, while the second half of the year was more difficult than the first one. It was increasingly difficult for Ukrainian exporters to sell their steel products due to a significant drop of prices and general decrease in steel consumption on the world markets. Along with rising costs, this negatively impacted on the financial condition of the steel companies and led to decrease in production. Nevertheless, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih has managed to maintain fairly high rate of investments and continued the implementation of the strategic projects,” the company said.
“Despite the reduction of the investment program budget, in 2020 the company intends to complete the implementation of key investment projects and continue the implementation of new ones,” ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih said.
The company said that over the 14 years of operations in Ukraine, ArcelorMittal’s total investments amounted to $9.7 billion ($4.8 billion is the amount of the acquisition of the plant during privatization and $4.9 billion invested in development of production). Until 2022 the total volume of capital investments of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in the development of production will be $1.8 billion.
PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) in 2018-2019 spent about UAH 320 million on the program to restore 27 locomotives.
According to a company press release, domestic and foreign analogues were used instead of Russian components during the overhaul of locomotives, thereby neutralizing Russian sanctions regarding the ban on the supply of spare parts and engines for diesel locomotives to Ukraine.
According to the press service, the plant has one of the largest railway fleets in the metallurgical complex: 172 locomotives (126 for servicing metallurgical production, 46 for mining). A few years ago, the company adopted an import substitution program. One of the main partners was Mykolaiv Diesel Locomotive Repair Plant, which established production cooperation with a number of Ukrainian and foreign manufacturers of various railways equipment.
Thanks to joint developments, Mykolaiv plant started installing diesel engines of well-known world companies, namely U.S.-based Cummins, UK-Belgian ABC Corporation, and others, on locomotives. In addition, the latest Heinzmann engine control systems (Germany), a rotary vane compressor jointly with the Italian company Mattei, a modern traction unit of alternating current (Electrotyazhmash), a microprocessor-based locomotive control system, etc. were installed on the machines.
Thanks to the measures taken, the plant in 2018–2019 got the opportunity to restore 11 diesel locomotives, in particular with the replacement of engines and deep modernization. In addition, 16 more cars were repaired on the basis of its two diesel locomotive repair depots.
PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) whose major shareholder is the largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, will channel UAH 10.845 billion into payment of dividends, which will be UAH 2.81 per ordinary registered share.
This decision was taken by shareholders of PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih at an extraordinary general meeting on October 10, the company’s press service said.
The procedure and timing for the payment of the dividends will later be determined by the enterprise’s supervisory board. After that, the funds will be transferred to shareholders. At the same time, it is specified that, according to the Law on Joint-Stock Companies, dividends must be paid within six months from the date of the decision by a meeting of shareholders.
The press service recalls that the last time dividends were paid for 2007, before the 2008-2009 crisis. After that, ArcelorMittal use funds to modernize production and carry out large-scale investment projects. The current dividend payment will not affect the implementation of the investment program. In the next five years, $1.8 billion will be invested in the development of production. Of the amount, about $300-350 million is to be invested in the construction of a pelletizing factory. It will produce pellets that will partially replace sinter as raw materials for blast furnaces. Therefore, the enterprise will be able to close two worn sinter plants and thereby reduce emissions by 50–55%, according to the press service.
ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is the largest producer of rolled steel in Ukraine. Its staples are long products, in particular, reinforcing bars and wire rods.
ArcelorMittal owns the largest mining and metallurgical plant ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine and a number of small companies, in particular PJSC ArcelorMittal Beryslav.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced a compromise has been reached with ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, a mining and metallurgical plant in Kryvy Rih.
“They officially put the position, but we found some kind of framework – as of today. Because maybe something will change, I don’t know. We signed a paper for 400 million [hryvnias] – they need to build a cancer center,” Zelensky said during a press marathon in Kyiv on Thursday.
As reported, PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih will allocate EUR15 million (about UAH 400 million) for the construction of an oncology center in Kryvy Rih.
At the end of July, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih said that the SBU Security Service of Ukraine had conducted searches at the enterprise as part of criminal proceedings opened against the enterprise for environmental pollution under Article 441 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (ecocide).
Before that, Zelensky criticized ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih for having failed to meet the deadline to improve the environmental situation in the region and called for providing targeted financial support to those who suffered from harmful emissions into the atmosphere.