News Companies Zaporizhstal 02 March 2023
The volume of pig iron production for the month was 125.2 thousand tons, and steel – 119.4 thousand tons
In February 2023, Zaporizhstal Iron and Steel Works reduced the production of rolled steel by 55.1% compared to the same month in 2022 – to 99.6 thousand tons. It is stated in the company’s press release.
In February, the volume of pig iron production decreased by 65% compared to February 2022 – to 125.2 thousand tons. The output of steel for the month fell by 62% y/y – to 119.4 thousand tons.
Compared to January 2023, in February 2023, steel production increased by 32.8%, rolled products – by 36.4%, and pig iron – decreased by 24.7%.
In January-February 2023, output at Zaporizhstal decreased by 64.5% year-on-year – to 675,000 tons. In particular, the plant produced:
- pig iron – 291.6 thousand tons (-64.5% y/y);
- steel – 209.2 thousand tons (-67.4%);
- rolled steel – 4.2 thousand tons (-65.3%).
“The decrease in the level of production compared to the same period last year is associated with a shortage of raw materials and logistical problems caused by full-scale military operations on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, due to massive missile attacks on energy infrastructure facilities and, as a result, a power deficit in the energy system that was created, the plant reduced production, thus reducing the consumption of purchased electricity,” the company explains.
From the beginning of March 2022, Zaporizhstal was transferred to the hot preservation mode. On March 25, the plant is partially resumed the operation of cold rolling shop units – training machines 1700-1 and 1700-2, as well as slitting unit №5. At the beginning of April, two blast furnaces – №3 and №4 – were put into operation, and later, pig iron smelting began.
After that, the plant announced its intention to launch the blast furnace №3 in August. After the launch of the third blast furnace, the loading capacity of the plant should have reached 75%. But at the end of June 2022, Zaporizhstal was considering the option of reduction of production volume due to significant problems with logistics and the inability to ship products to consumers in Europe. The shelling of the energy infrastructure by the Russian troops were added to the above-mentioned factors.
In 2022, Zaporizhstal reduced pig iron output by 54.3% compared to 2021 – to 2.01 million tons. Steel smelting decreased by 61.7% – to 1.49 million tons, and the production of rolled products – by 60.4%, to 1.304 million tons.