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Kazakhstan Jan-Sept copper, gold output rises, steel falls
(Reuters)
Updated: 2013-10-17 10:43
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    Kazakhstan's refined copper and gold output rose in January-September year-on-year, while crude steel output plunged in the same period, data from the State Statistics Agency showed on Wednesday.


    Production of refined copper rose 4.5 percent to 275,536 tonnes in the first nine months of this year, while refined gold output advanced 9.3 percent to 16.9 tonnes. The central bank is purchasing all of the gold refined in Kazakhstan.  


    Production of crude steel plunged by 18 percent to 2.5 million tonnes.  


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


    The steel plant in Temirtau is facing lower demand after Western financial sanctions imposed on Iran in late 2011 closed off a market that had previously accounted for a considerable portion of its sales.  


    The State Statistics Agency provided the following data for Kazakhstan's non-ferrous, steel and precious metals output in its latest monthly bulletin: 
   
                            Sept       Aug        Jan-Sept
                                                  2013
 REFINED COPPER (tonnes)    23,963     30,672     275,536
                                                 
 mth/mth pct change         -21.9      -8.9       -
 yr/yr pct change           -33.5      -17.5      +4.5
 REFINED ZINC (T)           26,439     27,297     238,082
 mth/mth pct change         -3.1       +0.1       -
 yr/yr pct change           +2.2       +2.4       -0.1
 ZINC CONCENTRATE (T)       34,100     30,200     271,200
 mth/mth pct change         +12.9       -7.1      -
                                                 
 yr/yr pct change           +10.7       -7.1      -1.4
 ALUMINA AND UNWROUGHT      126,701    152,304    1,379,127
     ALUMINIUM (T)                               
 mth/mth pct change         -16.8      -2.6        -
 yr/yr pct change           -18.6      -9.0       +4.2
 BAUXITE (T)                456,700    459,600    4,008,200
 mth/mth pct change         -0.6       -3.1        -
 yr/yr pct change           -3.6       -3.8       +0.3
 FERRO-ALLOYS (T)           143,255    149,646    1,260,324
 mth/mth pct change         -4.3       +2.2        -
 yr/yr pct change           -0.3       +2.5       -1.5
 CRUDE STEEL (T)            329,547    262,626    2,496,786
 mth/mth pct change         +25.5      -8.0        -
 yr/yr pct change           -15.2      -18.7      -18.0
 LEAD CONCENTRATE (T)       4,100      2,700      29,200
 mth/mth pct change         +51.9      -20.6       -
 yr/yr pct change           +36.7      -12.9      +7.7
 REFINED LEAD (T)           7,575      8,280      66,543
 mth/mth pct change         -8.5       +20.7       -
 yr/yr pct change           +12.6      +30.9      -1.9
 REFINED GOLD (kg)          2,211      2,460      16,854
 mth/mth pct change         -10.1      +169.4      -
 yr/yr pct change           +7.5       +33.8      +9.3
 REFINED SILVER (kg)        87,035     99,837     728,899
 mth/mth pct change         -12.8      +87.2       -
 yr/yr pct change           +3.0       -2.9       +4.9

 
 

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