Arshanovsky coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Arshanovsky coal mine (Аршановский разрез) is an operating surface coal mine, near the village of Arshanovo, Khakassia Republic, Russia.[1]


The undated image shows the exact location of the mine, near Arshanovo, in Altaysky District, Khakassia Republic, Russia.[2]

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The Arshanovsky coal mine is operated by Razrez Arshanovsky LLC, which is owned by Zimber Investments (Cyprus).[3][4] It appears that the ultimate majority beneficiary is a company Rutek Alliance in Luxembourg.[3]

The mine opened in 2015 with the intention to ramp up production to 10 million tonnes per annum, making it one of the largest mines in Russia.[1] According to a 2015 article in the Siberian Times, "The license to use the site was received in May 2012, with plans to extract as much as two billion tonnes of coal over the course of a 167-year period."[1]

The expansion of the mine is mentioned in Russia's 'Programme for Coal Industry Development up to 2035', released in 2020. The programme mentioned expansion of capacity up to 10 million tonnes by 2025.[5]

Production in 2021 was 4.5 million tonnes, 7% higher than in 2020.[6] Over the period January-July 2022, production reached 2 million tonnes, which was 10% lower than in the same period in 2021.[7]

Rail transportation restrictions from Khakassiya significantly affected exported volumes of coal in 2022 to allow a redirection of exports to the Asian markets.[8] Production declined to 2.66 million tonnes in 2022, 40% lower than in 2021.[9]

Given the rail transportation restrictions, the expansion project appeared to be shelved, as of October 2022 and September 2023.


There have been concerns from people living in the nearby area with some fearing pollution into the Abakan River. Residents in Arshanovo village have also complained about road closures near the mine.[1]

Local residents that live close to the Arshanovsky and Mayrykhsky coal mine reported coal dust, pollution of the river and a rise in respiratory diseases.[10][11]


In April 2022, 138 employees of the mine received termination notices. A lot of residents of the Arshanovo town are impacted as their husbands/sons who worked at the mine were primary income earners. No explanation was provided by the company.[12]

Mine Details

  • Owner: Razrez Arshanovsky LLC
  • Parent: Zimber Investments Ltd[4]
  • Location: Arshanovo, Altaysky District, Khakassia Republic, Russia[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: 53.398991, 91.095886 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 4.5 million tonnes (2021)[6], 2.66 million tonnes (2022)[9]
  • Total Resource: 2 billion tonnes[1]
  • Mineable Reserves: 902.6 million tonnes[5]
  • Coal type: Subbituminous (Thermal)[13]
  • Mine Type: Surface[1]
  • Start Year: 2015[1]
  • Source of Financing:

Project Expansion Details

  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: increase in capacity by 5.5 Mt up to 10 Mtpa[5]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Start Year: 2025[5]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Siberian Times, "Economic boost as Russia's largest coal mine opened in Siberia" Siberian Times, 14 February 2015.
  2. Разрез «Аршановский, Wikimapia, accessed Apr. 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Разрез Аршановский. Схема вывода денег из бюджетов/Хакасия". July 20, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ЗИМБЕР ИНВЕСТМЕНТС ЛИМИТЕД, КИПР". Retrieved September 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Программа Развития Угольной промышленности до 2035 года". June 13, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "ИТОГИ РАБОТЫ УГОЛЬНОЙ ПРОМЫШЛЕННОСТИ РОССИИ ЗА 2021 ГОД". 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Argus Russian Coal". August 1, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Администрация Президента признает критичность ситуации с вывозом угля из Хакасии, но решений пока не видно". August 28, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Итоги работы угольной промышленности России за 2022 год". 2023. {{cite web}}: line feed character in |title= at position 13 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ""Распотрошил — а там..." С кем "воюют" жители хакасских сел". September 14, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Угольная быль: почему хакасы воюют с компаниями за степь и свои земли". December 30, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. Tvrts
  13. Разрез Аршановский, accessed Mar. 2021.

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