Central GOK (Mining and Processing Plant)

Central Mining and Processing Plant (Central GOK) produces 67.5% and 68.2% Fe concentrate and 65% Fe pellets. The company has three open pits and a mine, i.e. uses both open-pit and underground mining methods. It exports almost all of its production volumes. Central GOK’s total reserves of magnetite quartzite are estimated at 463 million tons of. Central GOK is a part of Metinvest Holding.

Location: Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine
Shareholders: Metinvest Holding
Markets: Poland, Romania, Serbia
Products: Iron ore pellets and concentrate

Production capacity

Iron ore mining 15,400 thousand tons
Iron ore beneficiation 6,000 thousand tons
Iron ore pelletizing 2,000 thousand tons

Staff and wages

Number of employees 4498
Average wage* UAH 260,000 per annum

* per worker before taxes

Charts and tables

Production results, thousand tons

2012 6389 kt2012
2013 6383 kt2013
2014 6411 kt2014
2015 6154 kt2015
2016 5224 kt2016
2017 4726 kt2017
2018 4406 kt2018
2019 4434 kt2019
2020 4840 kt2020
2012 2313 kt2012
2013 2237 kt2013
2014 2256 kt2014
2015 2305 kt2015
2016 2303 kt2016
2017 2250 kt2017
2018 2248 kt2018
2019 2437 kt2019
2020 2460 kt2020

Indicative sales structure by products in 2020*

Indicative sales structure by markets in 2020*

* structure of sales volumes, metric tons

Financial performance, $ million

EBITDA margin46.8%49.9%26.4%45.0%41.8%33.39%21.0%40.2%
Net income196.564.831.686.6101.8835759
Net income margin27.7%12.3%10.5%31.2%25.2%19.87%12.2%12.9%
CAPEX 55.5 7.2 12.2 36.2 41.99512067

Key facts

In 2017

Central GOK completed reconstruction of the iron-ore pelletizing plant, that enabled the company to launch production of premium pellets of uniform size and increased strength. This type of products has higher marginality, and offers the opportunity to expand markets and effectively compete with leading market players.

In 2018

Central GOK expanded its markets — the company delivered a trial batch of 40 thousand tons of iron ore pellets to UK’s Tata Steel plant.)

In 2019

Central GOK implemented 12 frequency converters from the Swiss ABB company, which automatically regulate the operation of electric pumping units. Economic effect amounted about UAH 5.5 mln per year.


Central GOK has invested over ₴106 million in modernization of three excavators at Gleevatskyi and Artemivskyi quarries.

Central GOK completed a project to upgrade the beneficiation plant. This will make it possible for the plant to further beneficiate conventional concentrate to get a 70.5% Fe product. This product is needed for production of DRI pellets.

Central GOK was the first in Ukraine to equip the iron ore beneficiation plant with KDF-90 ceramic filters. Investment is estimated at $5 million. The installation of new vacuum filters is part of the company’s large-scale project for DRI pellet production.


Central GOK launched production of Fe70.5% iron ore concentrate

Central GOK invested over $11 million in upgrading of mining equipment

Sources: websites of the companies, media outlets