What do you know about the world’s largest metallurgical factory in AKSU?

Did you know that the world’s largest metallurgical plant is located in Kazakhstan?

At first glance, Aksu is an ordinary city with 70 thousand inhabitants. The city was founded in the 19th century as a river. It became an industrial center when Soviet planners appointed it the location of a power plant and a ferroalloy plant. Who knew that the largest metallurgical plant in the world would appear in this city?

On March 22 of this year, euronews wrote an article titled “World’s biggest metals factory gives Kazakh town a life of its own”. According to euronews, in these days, every fifth of 50,000 Aksu residents work in a factory, making money for themselves.


Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is an international group of companies, it is one of the world’s leading groups in the field of mining and processing of mineral resources with integrated, extractive, processing, energy and logistics companies.

Photo from official site of ERG

ERG is controlled by three billionaires, such as Alexander Mashkevich, Alizhan Ibragimov and Patoch Chodiev. Many Kazakhstanis see them as oligarchs close to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who ruled since 1989. The pro-Nazarbayev political party, funded by the ERG co-founders, was founded in 1998 and in 2006 merged with the president’s Nur Otan party. None of the three billionaires is a native Kazakh, although they are all from Central Asia.

Journalists did a good job in the process of writing this article. They found a hero named Petr Smotrich, who has been working as a furnace operator for 40 years at the plant. He met his wife Galia there, and they manifest themselves as dynasties of metalworkers. “The plant is working, and therefore we are confident in our future,” says Mr.Smotrich.

Family Smotrich. Photo taken from the site kazpravda.kz

According to euronews, unemployment in Aksu is only 1.2%, which is much lower than the average of 5.0% in the country, and crime, according to local residents, is virtually non-existent. There is a school of commerce in the city, so Aksu residents can get education and easily find a job. The only thing that is missing is entertainment, and those who are looking for nightclubs or cinemas, travel 50 km (31 miles) to the regional center of Pavlodar, says Smotrich. Others spend their free time fishing on the Irtysh River.

Here are some useful information I found in this article. In my opinion, this article is an indicator of good journalism. But, they used only a linear method for delivering information, and there was no multimedia. They could give photos and videos of Petr Smotrich, as well as other infographics.  But overall, everything is fine.



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