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Raspadskaya Q3 coking coal sales volumes down 8 pct q/q

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MOSCOW, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Russian coking coal minerRaspadskaya said on Thursday it sold 981,000 tonnesof coking coal concentrate in the third quarter, 8 percent lessthat in the previous three months.

Total raw coal production stood at 1.38 million tonnesJuly-September, down 25 percent from the second quarter.

Raspadskaya has lowered its 2012 coal output guidance to 7million tonnes from an earlier estimate of 10.5 million tonnes.

Russia's Evraz , part-owned by billionaire Chelseasoccer club owner Roman Abramovich, plans to take control ofRaspadskaya in an $800 million deal which will make thesteelmaker self-sufficient in coking coal and turn it intoRussia's largest producer of the steel ingredient.

Evraz, Russia's biggest steelmaker, already had effectivecontrol of the coal miner with a 41 percent stake held through aholding company and expects to takes its holding to 82 percentin the fourth quarter.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)

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Keywords: COAL RUSSIA/RASPADSKAYA