Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction (NFC China) have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a special coke plant at Shubarkol Komir in Kazakhstan.

The new 400,000-metric-ton-per-year (mtpy) plant will produce a reducing agent that is key to the production of ferroalloys.

Under the contract, the plant will be constructed on a turnkey basis and is scheduled to be put into operation in 2023. Investments in the project will total about $94 million.

Ruslan Mulyukbayev, CEO of ERG Capital Projects, the group’s company responsible for developing and implementing large-scale investment pro-
jects in Kazakhstan, said, “The new plant will enable Shubarkol Komir to manufacture a high value-added product and cut the imports of reducing agents significantly. In addition, it should help increase local content in ferrochrome production and meet ERG’s needs by supplying a domestically manufactured product.”

Shubarkol Komir is already home to a special coke plant with a capacity of more than 200,000 mtpy that was built and put into operation in 2005.