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UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF COKING COAL BY 7%

Coke plants of Ukraine imported 7.19 million tonnes of coking coal and coal concentrate for coking in January-August 2019, which is 7% less than in January-August 2018. According to the Ukrmetallurgprom association, in February 2019, 760,000 tonnes was imported (780,000 tonnes in July 2019).

Ukrainian coal in the amount of 2.26 million was shipped to the plants in January-August 2019, which is 32% more compared with January-August 2018. In August, 430 tonnes were delivered (110% compared with July).

In January-August 2019, Ukrainian coke plants received 9.45 million tonnes of coking coal, which is the same as in January-August 2018. The share of imported coal was 76.1%. In August 2019, 1.19 million tonnes of coking coal was shipped (103% compared with July 2019).

Steel enterprises in Ukraine received 6.16 million tonnes of coke in January-August 2019 (97% compared with January-August 2018), including 5.8 million tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 0.36 million imported coke. The share of imported coke of total supplies was 5.8%.

In August 2019, steel enterprises received 753,000 tonnes of coke (106% compared with July), including 733,000 tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 20,000 tonnes of imported coke.

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UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF COKING COAL

Coke plants of Ukraine imported 1.87 million tonnes of coking coal and coal concentrate for coking in January and February 2019, which is 3% more than in January and February 2018.
According to the Ukrmetallurgprom association, in February 2019, 870,000 tonnes was imported (86% compared with January 2019).
Ukrainian coal in the amount of 450,000 was shipped to the plants in January-February 2019, which is 10% less on January-February 2018. In February, 200 tonnes were delivered (86% compared with January).
In January-February 2019, Ukrainian coke plants received 2.32 million tonnes of coking coal, which is 2% more compared with January-February 2018. The share of imported coal was 80.6%. In February 2019, 1.07 million tonnes of coking coal was shipped (85% compared with January 2019).
Steel enterprises in Ukraine received 1.54 million tonnes of coke in January-February 2019 (91% compared with January-February 2018), including 1.43 million tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 0.11 million imported coke. The share of imported coke of total supplies was 7.2%.
In February 2019, steel enterprises received 727,000 tonnes of coke (89% compared with January), including 677,000 tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 50,000 tonnes of imported coke.

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METINVEST BUYS 24.99% STAKE IN DONETSKSTEEL’S COKING COAL PRODUCERS FOR ABOUT $190 MLN

Metinvest Group has officially announced it has bought up to 24.99% stake in Donetsksteel’s coking coal producers for about $190 million. “The Group has secured additional long-term supply of high-grade coking coal by investing in production cooperation and acquiring up to 24.99% of some coking coal assets in Ukraine,” it said in a statement on the Irish Stock Exchange on August 16. “The assets include several extraction, enrichment and sale entities, the most significant of which is Pokrovske Colliery and Svyato-Varvarinskaya Enrichment Plant, which together form the largest coking coal extraction and production business in Ukraine [until recently, they were part of the industrial and financial group Donetskstal, also known as Donetsksteel],” the statement said.
They are located on the border of Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions, close to Metinvest enterprises. The assets are registered in accordance with Ukrainian law and none is located in the non-controlled territories of Ukraine.
According to Metinvest, the acquisition is in line with the Group’s strategic priority of improving its self-sufficiency in coking coal to strengthen its vertical integration.
As of December 31, 2017, the long-life proven and probable coal reserves amounted to 81 million tonnes, as calculated according to JORC methodology as at January 1, 2013, and adjusted for production in 2013-17. In 2017, raw coal extraction was 4.3 million tonnes, while coking coal concentrate production was 2.6 million tonnes.
Metinvest says sale products mostly consist of high-quality K-grade coal (hard coking coal, most of whose quality characteristics are in line with the Platts requirements for the Premium Low Vol HCC benchmark), which is used in coke production.
The Metinvest Group is a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies in Donetsk, Luhansk, and Dnipropetrovsk region. Its major stockholders are SCM with 71.24% and Smart-Holding with 23.76%, which jointly manage the group.

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