Industrial production of Donetsk region (excluding part of the temporarily occupied territory) in January-August 2021 compared to January-August of the previous year increased by 7.0%. In August, compared to August 2020, the volume of production increased by 0.6%, and compared to July 2021 - decreased by 3.0%.
The decline in production in August 2021 compared to the previous month is associated with a 9.4% decrease in the volume of production in the extractive industry and quarrying. With the urgent need for seasonal replenishment of coal reserves, which at the beginning of August decreased by 24.4% against July 1, 2021, and by 37.8% compared to August 1, 2020, coal production decreased by 19.6% in August. In these conditions, the August output in the production of coke and refined products also decreased by 2.4% compared to July 2021.
Despite the decline in August, the production of raw coal in January-August 2021 compared to January-August of the previous year increased by 20.0% and amounted to 7.8 million tons. The volume of hard coal, including shipped raw coal and beneficiation products, amounted to 7.1 million tons, which is 23.1% more than in January-August 2020. At the same time, the production of coke and petroleum products decreased by 7.8% in eight months.
Metallurgical production and production of finished metal products in August remained at the level of the previous month. Since the beginning of 2021, compared with January-August 2020, the volume of metallurgical production and production of finished metal products has grown by 8.6%.