Privat is also considering whether to start an additional silico-manganese furnace at Nikopol, which would use low-phosphorus slag as feedstock, with about 5,000 tonnes of output in an initial stage of the process, the same source said.
Nikopol made more than 200,000 tonnes of manganese alloys in the first quarter of 2021, up by almost one-fifth year-on-year and by more than 50% since December, the source added.
Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant and Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant produced almost 250,000 tonnes of manganese alloys in the first four months of 2021, down by more than 10% year-on-year, the source said. The decline in production was thought to be a result of measures to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ukraine typically imports most of its manganese ore from Ghana, and bought almost 125,000 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, the industry source said. This follows a rally...