Avdiivka Coke Plant
Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant (AKHZ) started in 1963 when the first coke battery was commissioned and first coke produced. During the 1973-1980 period other four workshops were put into operation. Avdiivka Coke plant was the first in the industry to develop chemicals production.
At present Avdiivka Coke plant consists of 13 main and 30 auxiliary workshops and service structural divisions.
Starting Mid-April 2014 pro-Russian separatists captured several towns in Donetsk Oblast; including Avdiivka. In July 2014 fighting between the separatists and the Ukrainian army damaged the Coke plant. Because of continuing fighting, on 17 August 2014 the plant stopped working.
Avdiivka Coke is a top-five coke producer in Europe and the largest coke-producer in Ukraine. Currently AKHZ produces about 40 types of products, the share of the plant exceeds 20% of gross coke output in Ukraine. It sells coke to Azovstal, Yenakiieve Steel and Ilyich Steel as well as to customers outside of the Metinvest group of companies such as Arcelor Mittal Kryvyi Rih. Avdeyevka Coke currently produces coke at eight out of its nine coke batteries.
- (Ukrainian) Avdiivka Coke completely disconnected and stopped working, Ukrayinska Pravda (17 August 2014)