Russia’s leading steelmaker Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works Turkish unit MMK Metalurji is returning to normal operation after a break caused by an earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey on 6 February after specialists conducted an inspection of the production site and units and found that the plant in Dortyol avoided notable damage. MMK Metalurji Director Mr Denis Kvasov said “It is now important for everyone in Turkey to return to normal life as soon as possible. Making sure that we can secure safe production, we decided to gradually resume our work. This is important both for the people themselves and for the company as a whole. Our products will now be very important for the restoration of the areas that were damaged by the earthquake, and we are ready to contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of the country.”The company's management has adopted a phased plan to resume production. At the first stage, the work of a continuous picking unit and a reversing mill has been started. Their products should ensure the full capacity utilization of the MMK Group plant in Dilovasi with a continuous hot dip galvanizing unit and a polymer coating unit. At the same time with the commissioning of the first production lines, specialists carry out additional reinforcement of various structures at the facility and preparations for the launch of other units of the complex. The MMK Dortyol port has been operating in full capacity since last week.With the resumption of production, MMK Metalurji employees continue to deal with humanitarian issues and help the victims of the earthquake. There are still several dozen people who are staying at the plant because they have lost their homes. The company provides dwelling for these families outside of the production site to ensure their safety. At the same time, MMK Metalurji is preparing to build temporary housing for employees whose homes have been completely destroyed or declared uninhabitable.