Uzbek Almalyk mining company increases production by 8.8 per cent in 2011

Business Materials 12 January 2012 16:02 (UTC +04:00)

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Jan.12 / Trend D.Azizov /

Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Complex (AMMC, Almalyk city, Tashkent province), one of the largest producers of nonferrous metals in Central Asia, has increased production of marketable produce by 8.8 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010. This is one the company's best indicators for its production activities for more than last 20 years, Alexander Farmanov, director general of AMMC, said.

"Complex's staff met all commitments on production, processing and receipt of copper, zinc, first and second metals as well as on the production of blue stone, enamel wire and other marketable produce," the statement said.

Mr Farmanov said the complex produced 102.5 per cent more than projected, while the volume of overburden operations increased by 6.2 per cent and processing copper raw material by three per cent. Around 29 million tons of ore were processed in 2011, the statement said. The AMMC director general didn't give other indicators of the complex's work.

It was reported earlier that in 2010 the company increased production of metallic zinc 2.5 times to reach 51,100 tons and production of refined copper by 4.6 per cent to reach 86,300 tons. The complex planned to increase copper production up to 90,000 tons in 2011.

Mr Farmanov said work on increasing production indicators will continue in 2012.Growth of volumes of production from its own raw material is planned to ensure cathode copper rises by 103.4 per cent, on metallic zinc by 18.8 per cent and on enamel wire by 10.3 per cent.

Almalyk MMC is the only copper producer in Uzbekistan and one of the largest producers of nonferrous metals in Central Asia. The share of AMMC accounts for about 90 per cent of silver production and 20 per cent of gold in the country. The plant composition consists of two mining companies, two processing and two metallurgical plants with their own infrastructure.

The raw material source of AMMC is the copper-porphyry ores of Kalmakyr and Sarah-Ceku (Tashkent region) and the deposit of lead-zinc-barite ore of Uch-kulaks (Djizzak).

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