MOSCOW, Aug. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports having mined a millionth tonne of coal since operations began at the Elginsky open pit.
The millionth tonne of coal was mined at the N16 seam by excavator operator Sergey Klimov and shipped out by dumping truck driver Mikhail Nagibin. The millionth tonne consisted of high-quality coking coal.
Currently work still continues on transferring Elga's seasonal washing plant to all-year operation mode. The works are scheduled to be completed in October-November, which will enable the plant to reach 2.7-million-tonne annual capacity.
"Today, Mechel is creating a powerful, high-tech industrial cluster in South Yakutia, aimed at developing the region as a whole and trade ties with Asia Pacific," Russia's Minister for Development of the Far East Alexander Galushka stressed.
"The Elga project fully complies with the goals and tasks set by the Program for Development of Russia's Coal Industry till 2030 as approved by the Russian government, in accordance with which Mechel launched new facilities in the immense South-Yakutian coal field. Development of this field will enable creation of a new industrial cluster in Eastern Russia and increase the competitive value of Russian coal products on the international market due to its favorable geographic location," Russia's Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said.
"Successful development of the Elga coal deposit is extremely important for the energy industry's functioning and creation of a competitive atmosphere on the Far East's coal market. Today the Far East's leading supplier of electricity and heat — RAO Energy System of East — is at the same time the leading consumer of steam coal in the country, which accounts for more than 50% of the company's energy balance. I hope that ensuring stable supply of the Elga deposit's coal products will undoubtedly play its part in the further de-monopolization of the Far East's coal market and expand the range of coals used by power stations," Director General of RAO Energy System of East Sergey Tolstoguzov said.
"Since August 2014, Elga Coal Complex reached a monthly mining capacity of 200,000 tonnes of run-of-mine coal. By the end of the year, we plan to mine 1.35 million tonnes of coal, demand for which is already assured by contracts with several Russian steelmakers and leading Asia Pacific coal consumers which will be buying over half of the deposit's output in the future. Production of the millionth tonne is a milestone event for us, which proves that the Elga project has a real and tangible future. I congratulate Elga's 1,500 employees and wish them more success," Mechel OAO's Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov commented.
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.
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