Abayskaya coal mine

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The Abayskaya Coal Mine (шахта Абайская) is an UNDERGROUND coal mine in Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan.


The map below shows the EXACT location of the mine, near Volny, in Abay District, Karaganda (Qaraǵandy) Region, Kazakhstan.[1]

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The Abayskaya coal mine is an underground coal mine. It is operated by ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC, the Kazakh subsidiary of ArcelorMittal. It is part of ArcelorMittal's Karaganda Mine Complex, which supplies coal to the ArcelorMittal Temirtau steel plant.[2][3][4]

In January 2008, an explosion at the mine killed 30 miners.[5]

In November 2021, operations at Abayskaya mine were suspended due to a methane blast accident which killed six miners and injured two. Operations were meant to remain suspended until the state commission completes its investigation into the incident's causes.[6] In June 2022 it was reported that following an investigation, 200 cases of non-compliance with industrial safety procedures by the company were uncovered.[7] However, later in 2022, the criminal investigation into the incident was closed.[8]

According to S&P Global, the suspension of operations should not have affected the 2021-22 production of the mine. Abayskaya has already delivered the volume planned for the full year (2021)of 0.31 million tonnes as of November 2021.[9]

Mine Details

  • Operator: ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC
  • Owner: ArcelorMittal
  • Location: Volny, Abay District, Karaganda (Qaraǵandy) Region, Kazakhstan
  • GPS Coordinates: 49.686290, 72.759190 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 0.31 Mt (2021)[9]
  • Total Resource: 222 million tonnes (2021)[10]
  • Total Reserves: 14 million tonnes (2021)[10]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Met)[11][12]
  • Mine Type: Underground
  • Start Year: 1954
  • Workforce: 2,000
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Abaiskaya Coal Mine, Wikimapia, accessed Apr. 2021.
  2. Угольный департамент, ArcelorMittal Temirtau website, accessed Apr. 2021.
  3. Абайская (шахта), Wikipedia (Russian), accessed Apr. 2021.
  4. Шахта «Абайская», MiningWiki.ru, accessed Apr. 2021.
  5. Авария на шахте «Абайская», MiningWiki.ru, accessed Apr. 2021.
  6. "Activities at ArcelorMittal's Abayskaya coal mine in Kazakhstan halted until probe over", S&P Global, November 9, 2021.
  7. "В гибели горняков на шахте "Абайская" 100% вина предприятия". https://inbusiness.kz/. June 2022. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Гибель шахтеров на шахте «Абайская»: уголовное дело закрыто". https://rus.azattyq.org/. November 2022. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Activities at ArcelorMittal's Abayskaya coal mine in Kazakhstan halted until probe over". https://www.spglobal.com/. November 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Annual Report 2021, ArcelorMittal, accessed July 2022.
  11. Mining, AcelorMittal website, accessed July 2022.
  12. "Угольный департамент". https://www.arcelormittal.kz/. Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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