Roll production fell 7% to 19.681 million tonnes and pig iron production was flat at 19.083 million tonnes, Vasily Kharakhulakh, general director of the Metallurgprom association, said at a conference on Wednesday.
Steel mills received 376,000 tonnes of scrap or 84% of their requirement in August, and 3.322 million tonnes or 85% in the 8M. Scrap metal stockpiles fell 20,000 tonnes during August to 130,000 tonnes.
As of September 1, 26 of the country’s 36 blast furnaces, 12 of 16 open-hearth furnaces and seven of 15 electric furnaces were operating. Average daily pig iron output in the first ten days of September was 75,300 tonnes, crude steel – 85,600 tonnes and roll – 68,800 tonnes.