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Kazakh copper, gold output rises in Jan-July
(Reuters)
Updated: 2012-08-14 09:53
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    Kazakhstan's refined copper, zinc and gold output increased in the first seven months of this year, while production of alumina and steel fell in comparison with the same period last year, data released by the State Statistics Agency on Monday showed.


    Production of refined copper rose 2.7 percent year-on-year to 200,424 tonnes in the January-July period, while refined zinc output edged up 0.3 percent to 185,845 tonnes.


    Production of alumina and unwrought aluminium in January-July 2012 fell by 9.3 percent to 1.00 million tonnes. 

    London-listed miners Kazakhmys and ENRC, as well as Glencore-controlled Kazzinc, account for a large part of Kazakhstan's metals output. ArcelorMittal owns the country's only major steel plant.


    The steel plant in Temirtau faced a sudden shock to demand this year when Western financial sanctions on Iran closed the door on a market that accounted for a considerable portion of its sales last year.


    Customs data showed that Kazakhstan's overall production of crude steel fell by more than 20 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2012, totalling 2.33 million tonnes.


    Production of refined gold and silver rose sharply in the first seven months of the year, by 19.7 percent and 47.1 percent respectively. The central bank is currently purchasing all of the gold refined in Kazakhstan.


    The State Statistics Agency provided the following data for Kazakhstan's non-ferrous, steel and precious metals output in its latest monthly bulletin:
                                               2012
                               July        June     Jan-July
    REFINED COPPER (tonnes)  31,055      32,358      200,424   
     mth/mth pct change        -4.0        +9.8            -   
     yr/yr pct change          +7.8       +14.3         +2.7   
    REFINED ZINC (T)         27,172      26,278      185,845
     mth/mth pct change        +3.4        -3.4            -
     yr/yr pct change          +0.8        -0.6         +0.3
    ZINC CONCENTRATE (T)     29,800      29,900      210,900
     mth/mth pct change        -0.3        -8.6            -
     yr/yr pct change          -8.6       +12.4         -6.0
    ALUMINA AND UNWROUGHT
     ALUMINIUM (T)          169,250     157,650    1,000,208
     mth/mth pct change        +7.4        +5.6            -
     yr/yr pct change          +2.2        +1.6         -9.3
    BAUXITE (T)             477,500     474,300    3,045,500
     mth/mth pct change        +0.7        +1.9            -
     yr/yr pct change          +3.1        +4.7         -3.4
    FERRO-ALLOYS (T)        144,841     140,444      989,632   
     mth/mth pct change        +3.1        -3.3            -
     yr/yr pct change          +2.7        +3.5         +0.6
    CRUDE STEEL (T)         342,540     341,782    2,329,555
     mth/mth pct change        +0.2       +18.8            -
     yr/yr pct change         -20.7       -19.9        -20.6
    LEAD CONCENTRATE (T)      2,500       2,700       20,200
     mth/mth pct change        -7.4        -3.6            -
     yr/yr pct change          -7.4       +42.1        -11.4
    REFINED LEAD (T)          8,122       8,035       54,590
     mth/mth pct change        +1.1        -2.1            -
     yr/yr pct change         -18.2       -18.3        -20.4
    REFINED GOLD (kg)         1,647       1,644       11,706
     mth/mth pct change        +0.2        +0.1            -
     yr/yr pct change         +32.4        +0.3        +19.7
    REFINED SILVER (kg)      65,450      80,458      527,720
     mth/mth pct change       -18.7        +6.3            -
     yr/yr pct change         +44.2       +39.5        +47.1

 
 

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