Aurora coal terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

Aurora coal terminal is a proposed coal-handling port in East Russia. The terminal would be located in Bezymyannaya Bay in Primorsky Krai, Russia.


The map below shows the proposed location of the Aurora coal terminal in Bezymyannaya Bay.

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The Aurora coal terminal has been proposed by Russian coal mining company Colestar. The terminal would have an annual coal-handling capacity of 25 million tonnes, along with 10 million tonnes of capacity for exporting oil.[1] The project's cost was estimated at 57.8 billion rubles (approximately US$1 billion), and in December 2019 the terminal was planned for operation by 2023. Experts believed that the project's estimates for cost and cargo base were optimistic, and that the endeavor would struggle to be profitable.[2]

Along with the Aurora coal terminal, Colestar also plans to develop the Colestar Marine Terminal, which would also have an annual coal-handling capacity of 25 million tonnes.

In August 2021, local activists concerned about the environmental side of the issue collected more than 1,000 signatures and sent appeals to the president, his plenipotentiary and the regional prosecutor's office in order to prevent construction on the facility. Residents stated that the plot of land was a protected natural area, and that building fossil fuel infrastructure there would be illegal.[3] In September 2021, after verifying complaints from local residents, the Prosecutor's Office of the Primorsky Territory issued a legal challenge over the land lease for the Aurora coal terminal.[4]

The construction of seaport is expected for completion in 2030.[5]

Project Details

  • Operator: Aurora Sea Port LLC
  • Owner: Colestar
  • Location: Bezymyannaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, Russia
  • Coal Capacity: 25 million tonnes per annum
  • Status: Proposed
  • Type: Exports
  • Source of Coal:

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