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Evraz posts lower steel, 4.9% rise in coking coal output for FY'16

Evraz Plc on Jan. 19 said its consolidated crude steel and steel product output, net of rerolled volumes, fell in 2016, while coking coal concentrate production rose 4.9% from 2015 figures.

Full-year crude steel production totaled 13.5 million tonnes, 5.7% lower year on year, while consolidated output of steel products, net of rerolled volumes, fell 6.1% to 12.4 million tonnes, mainly due to weak tubular and rail markets in North America, lower crude steel production at EVRAZ ZSMK and the deconsolidation of EVRAZ Highveld Steel & Vanadium Ltd. in April 2015.

Meanwhile, the company's coking coal concentrate output increased to 14.3 million tonnes from 13.6 million tonnes in 2015, driven by its Russian mines, specifically more favorable geological conditions at the Erunakovskaya-8 mine, improved productivity at the Uskovskaya and Osinnikovskaya mines and higher output from the Mezhegeyugol mine.

Evraz also produced 11.3 million tonnes of pig iron in 2016, falling 5.1% from the preceding year, and 16,886 kilograms of vanadium slag, 6.1% lower annually.

For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, Evraz's crude steel output remained stable at 3.4 million tonnes, while coking coal concentrate production fell 4.6% quarter on quarter to 3.4 million tonnes, and consolidated output of steel products, net of rerolled volumes, increased 4% to 3.1 million tonnes from the preceding quarter.