How we are contributing to the economy and society in Kazakhstan.
We have a majority interest in Kazzinc, a major zinc producer in Kazakhstan which produced 210.5 kilotonnes of zinc metal in 2017, as well as lead, copper, silver and gold.
In 2017 we paid USD494.4 million in taxes and royalties to Kazakhstan.
Until recently, Kazzinc was one of our “focus assets” – that is, sites we identified in 2013 as having specific legacy issues with relation to health and safety. At these assets, we have designed specific programmes to improve safety standards. Following significant safety improvements, Kazzinc is no longer considered a "focus asset".
At Kazzinc, we have been working to put in place our SafeWork initiative – including fatal hazard protocols, and efforts to ensure contractors are suitably trained and comply with our requirements.
Since 2013, Kazzinc has seen some encouraging improvements:
- The lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) fell from 1.52 in 2013 to 0.80 in 2016, with a modest rise in 2017 to 0.86
- The total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) fell from 2.36 in 2013 to 1.13 in 2016, falling further to 1.07 in 2017
As at all our assets, we are determined to eliminate fatalities at Kazzinc.
In 2015, we commissioned a training centre in Ridder, one of Kazzinc’s sites, for theoretical and practical training in fatal hazard protocols. We commissioned another centre in 2017 for Ust-Kamenogorsk.
We have completed assessments to improve our understanding of exposure to hazardous production factors.
On this basis, we are putting in place improved monitoring in high-risk zones; we will continue to measure lead and cadmium blood levels at Kazzinc’s metallurgical assets.
Going forward, one of Kazzinc’s top priorities is to lower occupational disease rates, as the asset focuses on identifying and eliminating causes.