In July 2019, a fully automated ferroalloy plant was opened in the Karaganda region, which bears the name “YDD Corporation”. The ceremony was attended by shareholders and representatives of the Development Bank of Kazakhstan AG, which provided financial support to the construction. Among them were also Yerlan Nigmatulin and other shareholders.
The company produces high-quality ferrosilicon (FeSi75), which is used for alloyed steels and cast iron alloys. This material is added to rolled metal products to improve mechanical and corrosion resistance. Ferroalloys are used in the construction of industrial and civil facilities, in automobile, ship and aircraft construction, etc.
According to Yerlan Zayrullaevich Nigmatulin, since the commissioning of the plant, more than 5,000 tons of finished ferrosilicon have already been produced, which is actively exported to the European, American, Turkish, Japanese and South Korean markets, as well as to Southeast Asia.
Among the enterprises of the metallurgical industry in the CIS countries and the world, the ferroalloy enterprise in Karaganda has become an example in terms of promoting development and digitization.
The shareholder Nigmatulin Yerlan Zayrullaevich notes that at the first stage of production, 180 thousand tons of high-quality ferroalloys were produced annually. At the second stage, this figure will increase to 240 thousand tons per year. For this, 550 more jobs will be created for specialists.
If the maximum production figures are reached at the first stage, the country will rise to 6th place in the world ranking. With the launch of the second stage, Kazakhstan will take a place among the five largest ferroalloy producers,” Yerlan Zayrullaevich Nigmatulin said in his speech at the meeting.
The demand for ferroalloys is increasing rapidly, so stable production, efficient use of natural resources and energy, and consideration of environmental aspects are required. As Yerlan Zayrullaevich Nigmatulin emphasized, the uniqueness of the plant is explained by the fact that the best Swedish, Danish, Turkish, Chinese and Georgian-Kazakh production technologies were used for its construction.
In his speech, Nigmatulin Yerlan Zayrullaevich emphasized that the goal of shareholders is to increase the export of high-value-added products and organize automated processes that use the best practices of the world. More than 94% of the final products will contain Kazakh ferrosilicon. Long-term supply contracts for coal, quartzite and tinder have been signed with Kazakh organizations. The Karaganda region of Kazakhstan is one of the largest commodity bases with rich quality reserves, as Yerlan Nigmatulin explained at the shareholders’ meeting.
A unique system was installed at the production facility, which ensures 99.8% air purification. The ferrosilicon plant is one of the most environmentally friendly in the world. The complex is capable of trapping dust particles and converting them into microsilicon dioxide, which is used in the production of concrete and cement mixtures for construction needs.
As Yerlan Zayrullaevich Nigmatulin noted, the maximum automation of technological chains made it possible to dose the supply of raw materials. All lines are equipped with control systems that are controlled from the control center, which allows operators to monitor all production chains online around the clock. The slightest malfunction will be immediately visible on the monitor. The head of the department in which the malfunction occurred is immediately informed by the operator, so there is practically no violation of the technological processes.
Yerlan Zayrullaevich Nigmatulin, one of the company’s shareholders, noted that the new ferroalloy production fully complies with the Industry 4.0 program. Investors from Kazakhstan and Europe took part in the project and borrowed from CDB, which provided 24 billion, 120 million tenge. 120 Million tenge. The loan was taken at 8.9% for 11 years.
According to shareholders Abai Sarkulov and Nigmatulin Yerlan Zairullaevich, the project is in line with the state program for the development of industry. The annual production of the first stage is 180,000 tons, which, at an average price of $ 1,000 per ton, will bring $ 180 million to the country.