My aim would be to have the pilot contracts out this year, or, at the very least, a clear roadmap of which contracts and their specifications," LME CEO Matthew Chamberlain told the Reuters Global Markets Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Reuters exclusively reported last month that the LME was planning new metals contracts using ShFE prices.

The specific contacts to be launched with ShFE were still under discussion, but the steel complex would have the most potential as it was a very-growth area, Chamberlain added.

"Steel is a very high-growth area for us, our Turkey steel scrap volumes are up 88% year-on-year," he said.

On the issue of Russian metals in warehouses, Chamberlain said that he saw it exiting, as well as coming in.

"That backs up the anecdotal messages from the market, namely that much of the world is still consuming Russian metal."

The share of available aluminium stocks of Russian origin in LME warehouses rose to 90.4% in December, from 78.8% in November, data on the exchange's website showed.

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(Reporting by Divya Chowdhury in Davos and Savio Shetty in Mumbai; Additional reporting by Eric Onstad; Editing by Alexander Smith)

By Divya Chowdhury and Savio Shetty