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Renovated Avdiivka Stadium to Host its First Football Match

29 January 2014

The sports and administration sections of the Avdiivka Stadium were reconstructed as part of the social partnership agreement between Metinvest Group's Avdiivka Coke and the Avdiivka City Council. Avdiivka City Mayor Yuriy Cherkasov and Avdiivka Coke General Director Musa Magomedov took part in the opening ceremony.

As part of the major reconstruction of the stadium, Avdiivka Coke built a mini football pitch with artificial turf in 2013. Construction of two playgrounds is in the final phase. The administration-amenity sections of the stadium underwent a major renovation.  Modern shower rooms and sanitary facilities were equipped, walls and flooring were replaced, new furniture and lockers were installed, and individual heating was installed. Now, players have a comfortable place to prepare for matches. A separate room for referees was setup in the building. 

Yuriy Cherkasov, Avdiivka mayor: "The office building used to be a constant cause of concern - cracks in walls, missing tiles and leaky roof... Now, this is an excellent building that provides comfortable conditions for athletes to change and take showers after competing. I am sure that this stadium will become a leading sports facility in our city."  

 Musa Magomedov, Avdiivka Coke general director: "Every city should have modern facilities for people to pursue healthy and active lives, for athletes and for youth. As such, the refurbishment of the stadium was a priority for Avdiivka Coke and we invested a lot of effort to implement this project. We would like to see more such sports centers, so the refurbishment of city stadiums will continue."  

The company is planning to replace the fence around the stadium, build a basketball court, and more. To date, Avdiivka Coke has already invested UAH 1.7 million in the project.  

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Avdiivka Coke Plant is Europe’s largest high-tech coking plant. The plant makes 31 types of products. It has customers in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Georgia, Belgium, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Egypt. Its key products are blast furnace coke, electrode pitch coke, and crude benzene. Avdiivka Coke makes 23% of Ukraine’s bulk coke. The plant produced 3.7 million tons of bulk coke (6% moisture content) in 2012. The plant runs eight coke oven batteries, with a designed capacity of 6.87 million tons of bulk coke per year. The enterprise is self-sufficient in terms of energy resources, including process steam, heating and electricity. Avdiivka Coke produces more than 50% of blast furnace coke with an advanced and environmentally friendly dry quenching process. Avdiivka Coke received a certificate for actively participating in the implementation of environmental policy at the regional level at the “Ecology in an Industrial Region” second international environmental forum by the National Environmental Protection Administration in Donetsk Oblast in 2012. Avdiivka Coke, together with the Shakhtar Football Club opened a football school for children in Avdiivka; the school currently has 60 students.

Metinvest Group is a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies that manages every link of the value chain, from mining and processing iron ore and coal to making and selling semi-finished and finished steel products. It has steel and mining production facilities in Ukraine, Europe and the US, as well as a sales network covering all key global markets. Its strategic vision to become the leading vertically integrated steel producer in Europe, delivering sustainable growth and profitability resilient to business cycles and providing investors with returns above industry benchmarks. 

The Group reported revenue of USD 3.1 billion and an EBITDA margin of 15% in the first quarter of 2013.

The major shareholders of Metinvest B.V. (the holding company for Metinvest Group) are SCM Group (71.25%) and Smart-Holding (23.75%), which partner in the Group’s management. 

Metinvest Holding, LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.