KYIV. March 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian metal companies tentatively increased steel production by 13% in January and February 2016 year-over-year, to 3.909 million tonnes, the Metallurgprom association of metal companies of Ukraine (Dnipropetrovsk) has told Interfax-Ukraine.
Rolled steel output grew by 11% in 2015, to 3.404 million tonnes and cast iron output was up by 21%, to 3.805 million tonnes.
Pipe production fell by 24%, to 107,000 tonnes, and coke output increased by 31%, to 2.152 million tonnes.
In February 2016, 1.971 million tonnes of steel, 1.774 million tonnes of rolled steel and 1.885 million tonnes of cast iron were made, as well as 54,400 tonnes of pipes and 1.062 million tonnes of coke.
As of February 18, 2016, Donetsk Electrometallurgical Plant and Donetsk Metal Works and Stakhanov Ferroalloy Plant were not operating. Additionally, Panteleimonivsky and Krasnohorivka refractory plants were still standing idle. Core production at Khartsyzsk and Dnipropetrovsk pipe plants was stopped.