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10 April 2018, 14:34

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Alchevsk metallurgical plant launches foundry, develops despite blockade - Kozlov (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, April 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The launching of a foundry at the Alchevsk steel mill shows its steady development despite the blockade by Ukraine, LPR Council of Ministers chairman Sergey Kozlov said during his visit to the enterprise.

“I’ve come here to supervise the launching of a foundry. We’ve seen a test heat today. I take it as a sign that the enterprise goes on and that Alchevsk and the Republic have a future,” Kozlov said. ”It is happening despite the fact that Ukraine has announced full economic blockade of our repubic and severed all economic ties."

“It’s a benchmark event as we’ll produce steel in addition to cast iron,” the official said adding that the launching of the foundry would help create new jobs and full time employment for many company personnel.

“Today, we poured cast iron into a converter. It’s a key stage. We’re on the way to launch all metallurgical extraction operations. We’ve tested the shop’s energy infrastructure today.   All systems operated normally, without faults,” acting chief engineer Maxim Mokritskiy said.

“At the next stage, we’ll bring the shop to full-fledged operation and produce steel and finished products.”

Earlier, acting LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said that the Alchevsk metallurgical plant would begin to produce steel by the summer.

It launched a blast furnace on December 18, 2017. The re-launching of large industrial enterprises showed to the world the LPR’s readiness for cooperation; the Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant is a benchmark in restoring the Donbass economy.

LPR Industry and Trade Minister Dmitriy Bozhic said on February 26 that the Alchevsk enterprise had produced more than 16,000 tons of cast iron since the beginning of the year.

The Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant dates back to 1895. The Donetsk-Yuryevo Metallurgical Society began to build a large metallurgical enterprise in the vicinity of the Yuryevka station of Yekterininskaya Railway. The first blast furnace was blown in on May 26, 1896. The enterprise was mothballed in 1923-1925. It was overhauled in 1952-1962. Over that period, the plant had new open hearth furnaces, a breaking down mill and an agglomeration plant. On September 29, 2003, the Industrial Donbass Union signed a memorandum of intensions with Swiss and Austrian partners on large-scale upgrade of the metallurgical plant by 2011. In August 2014 it stopped operation as fighting broke out in Donbass.

LuganskMediaCentre — 10 April — Lugansk