ArcelorMittal quarry in Kherson Oblast restarts operations after Russian occupation
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Since the beginning of May, ArcelorMittal has resumed limestone mining in the de-occupied village of Arkhanhelske in the north of Kherson Oblast, reported the company's press service.

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ArcelorMittal Beryslav had been out of business since February 2022 due to the Russian invasion. At the beginning of October, Arkhanhelske was liberated by the troops of the 129th Territorial Defense Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which made it possible to start demining the enterprise.

"Since March, we began to ship the accumulated limestone from our warehouses. This raw material is used by the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih agglomerate shop for the production of agglomerate. Until the end of April, the complex demining of the territory of our enterprise continued, and from May 1 we were able to start mining limestone in the quarry," said the CEO of ArcelorMittal Beryslav Leonid Smolyarenko.

ArcelorMittal is the largest producer of steel fittings and wire rods in Ukraine and is owned by British businessman of Indian descent Lakshmi Mittal. The company owns the largest mining and metallurgical plant ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih (previous name – Kryvorizhstal) and a number of small enterprises, in particular ArcelorMittal Beryslav.

During this time, the quarry shipped almost 47,000 tons of limestone to Kryvyi Rih (taking into account warehouse stocks). The production amounted to almost 20,000 tons. The pre-war volume of limestone shipments exceeded 500,000 tons per year. The forecast for this year stands at about 200,000 tons.