19 February 2014
Avdiivka Coke upgrades air generation and processing system Metinvest Group's Avdiivka Coke Plant continues to upgrade its technical equipment. This time the plant modernized its water supply shop. The enterprise's investments amounted to more than UAH 2.5 million.
The works were performed simultaneously at two facilities. In one and half months, the old compressor was replaced in the nitrogen-oxygen plant of the shop and new turboprop compressors were installed in the air compressor plant in place of outdated piston-type compressors. The new equipment enables compressed air and oxygen supply to the structural units of the plant as required.
"The replaced equipment had been in operation for 40 years and more. The compressors were worn out and regular replacement of spare parts was necessary," said Yuriy Malar, chief power engineer of Avdiivka Coke. "As process gases are an important part of production, it was important to maintain the efficiency of gas generation systems at the required level."
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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.