Mechel Reports Supplying Ulak-Elga Railway With Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's Rails

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CHELYABINSK, Russia, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports supplying a batch of R65 rails produced by Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant for expanding the carrying capacity of its 321-kilometer Ulak-Elga railway which provides railway access to the Elga coking coal deposit.

The supplied rails will enable the company to lay 25 kilometers of service tracks for Elga Coal Complex.

These rails were produced using Elga's coking coal concentrate in the coke and chemical process, thereby attaining additional synergistic effect between Mechel Group's enterprises.

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's rails were certified by the project research and scientific research for industrial transport institute ZAO Promtransniiproekt as compliant with the TU 14-2P-475-2013 standard. Those are wide-gauge rails for technological tracks of an enterprise's railway transport.

"Supplying rails produced by Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant has strategic importance for the Elga deposit's development and consolidating intra-Group ties between Mechel's enterprises. This is an important stage not only in developing Elga, but also in mastering production at the universal rolling mill, because it will enable us to prove in practice the high quality of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's rails in Far North's conditions," Mechel OAO's Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov said.

Mechel is an international mining and steel company which employs over 70,000 people. Its products are marketed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, heat and electric power. All of its enterprises work in a single production chain, from raw materials to high value-added products.

Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Mechel, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not intend to update these statements. We refer you to the documents Mechel files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in our Form 20-F, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the achievement of anticipated levels of profitability, growth, cost and synergy of our recent acquisitions, the impact of competitive pricing, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and licenses, the impact of developments in the Russian economic, political and legal environment, volatility in stock markets or in the price of our shares or ADRs, financial risk management and the impact of general business and global economic conditions.

CONTACT: Mechel OAO Ekaterina Videman Tel: + 7 495 221 88 88 ekaterina.videman@mechel.com

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