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Zaporizhia Ferroalloy Plant stops in late 2022 due to electricity shortage, intends to resume work in spring – CEO

KYIV. Jan 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Zaporizhia Ferroalloy Plant stopped at the end of 2022 due to problems with the provision of electricity as a result of Russian missile attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

"In 2022, we worked at 30% to 10%. When problems with electricity started, we stopped because we need a lot of electricity. Now we provide all consumers with ferroalloys from the reserves that we have accumulated. We plan to launch production in the spring – the heating season will end, it will become easier," said head of the plant board Pavlo Kravchenko at a working meeting of the regional and city authorities of Zaporizhia with the heads of industrial enterprises.

According to him, the plant is also affected by problems with logistics.

"We were not able to send all of them to consumers, there are problems with imports. Despite all the difficulties, the plant pays 2/3 of the tariff to workers who are not working yet, we also pay wages to mobilized ones," Kravchenko stated.

At the meeting, it was noted that in order to reduce the number of outages, and enterprises were able to work more stably, it is necessary to revise the electricity distribution model that exists in Zaporizhia and the region.

Zaporizhia Ferroalloy Plant is one of three Ukrainian manufacturers of these products. The share of the domestic market in its deliveries before the war was 30-35%. Products were exported to the countries of the CIS, EU, Asia, and Africa.