Interfax has reported that Ukraine's largest mining and metallurgical enterprise ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is shutting its biggest and oldest sinter plant which was operating since 1951, which used to supply the No 1 blast furnace with 8,000 tonnes of sinter per day. Interfax quoted ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih General Director Mr Mauro Longobardo as saying that “The main factors behind the decision to finally shut down the sinter plant were a reduction in production volumes and the commitment to reduce the industrial impact on the region. The enterprise did not currently have the opportunity to actively build a new pelletizing plant, which was planned as an alternative to the sintering plant.” As per report, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is left with three sinter plants and one ore blending plant. Only one sinter plant is currently operating, and producing not more than 3,000 tonnes of sinter per day. Another sinter shop prepares burden charge, and the third remains on standby due to an overall drop in production. ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih decommissioned the first stage of a blooming mill as well as the No 6 double hearth furnace, the last of its open-hearth capacity, in 2020. The No 1 and 2 coking batteries were stopped last autumn. ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is the largest producer of rolled steel in Ukraine. It specializes in the production of long products, in particular rebar and wire rod.