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 2016 we paid $349 million in taxes and royalties to Kazakhstan, excluding VAT.
Kazzinc is 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.
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
- The total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) fell from 2.36 in 2013 to 1.13 in 2016
- There were seven fatalities in 2013 and four in 2014, which reduced to zero in 2015 and one in 2016.
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.