Bachatsky coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Bachatsky coal mine, also spelled Batchatsky (Бачатский разрез), a surface mine in the Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.

Location

The map below shows the exact location of the rail head terminal in the Bachatsky coal mine, near Bachatsky, in Belovsky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.

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Background

The Bachatsky coal mine is operated by Kuzbassrazrezugol. It is one of the largest surface coal mines in Russia. It is also the deepest surface coal mine in Russia with depths of 400m.[1] However there is no information on the mine on the company's website.

In 2016 the mine was extended, to allow up to 10 million tonnes of coal a year to be extracted.[2]

Coal mined at the Bachatsky coal mine is shipped to more than 16 countries and to 22 regions of Russia. Foreign consumers include countries in Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and South America.[2]

Between 2012–2013 the Bachatsky coal mine caused three large earthquakes. On the 18 June 2013 the mine caused the world's strongest ever earthquake induced by hard mineral mining had a local magnitude 6.1. Seismic activation of the territory at the Bachatsky Open Pit Mine affected Kuzbass towns.[3] The earthquake damaged 500 Homes in Kemerovo Region. An official in Bachatsky village said the locals are afraid to enter their homes after the earthquake for fear of collapsing walls and so they were staying outside.[4]

Earthquake of magnitude 2.2 was registered in June 2022 with the epicentre at the mine.[5]

It appears that a continuous expansion of the mined area is ongoing: in 2022, an assessment of Environmental Impact was released for the purposes of public consultation.[6][7]

Opposition

Local people report problems associated with the mine. "Yevgeny moved to the village of Starobachaty a decade ago, there was a potato field in front of his house. Since then, the neighbouring Bachatsky coal mine has increased in its activity and today the field has been replaced by a huge spoil tip. Yevgeny says he is no longer bothered by the occasional detonations which shake his house. Still, he will never get used to the coal dust which spews from the mine.

Bachatsky coal mine (2017) courtesy of the Coal Action Network (UK)

‘When the wind blows this way, it is impossible even to go out. The dust gets in your mouth and in between your teeth,’ he says with a broken voice. ‘When the authorities come to inspect the situation, the mine suddenly stops its work. There is no more dust and no more noise. As soon as they are gone, it starts all over again.’ As Yevgeny recalls, the only environmental activists in the village were old pensioners who have passed away. As for himself, he does not have enough time to deal with the environmental problems. ‘When you are retired, then you have free time. But I have a family to feed.’"[8]

There are reports of the Bachatsky mine producing a corridor of polluting dust of over 15 km, affecting 10 settlements and the southern area of the town of Belovo.[9]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Kuzbassrazrezugol
  • Owner: Kuzbassrazrezugol, ultimate parent Ural Mining Metallurgical Company[10]
  • Location: Bachatsky, Belovsky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 54.273009, 86.196231 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 8.9 million tonnes (2020)[11]; 9.5 million tonnes (2019)[2][1]
  • Capacity: 10 million tonnes[12]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 312 million tons[2]
  • Coal type: Bituminous (Thermal and Met)[2]
  • Mine Type: Surface[2]
  • Start Year: 1949[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Крупнейшие угольные разрезы Кузбасса". Dprom.online. Nov 10, 2020. Retrieved Mar 18, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Mining Portal, "ОАО «УК «Кузбассразрезуголь» Филиал «Бачатский угольный разрез»," Mining Portal website, accessed 11 January 2020.
  3. Emanov, A.F., Emanov, A.A., Fateev, A.V. et al., "Mining-induced seismicity at open pit mines in Kuzbass (Bachatsky earthquake on June 18, 2013)," page 224-228, volume 50 Journal of Mining Science, March 2014.
  4. Moscow Times, "Earthquake Damages 500 Homes in Kemerovo Region," Moscow Times, 19 June 2013.
  5. "Вечером в Кузбассе произошло землетрясение". ngs42.ru. August 6, 2022.
  6. "MATERIALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF ECONOMIC AND OTHER ACTIVITIES ACCORDING TO THE PROJECT DOCUMENTATION " PROJECT OF OPEN-PIT MINING OF THE BACHATSKOYE COAL DEPOSIT STAGE I"". belovo42.ru. July 26, 2021.
  7. "ОВОС: ОБЩЕСТВЕННЫЕ СЛУШАНИЯ". ovos.ru. July 30, 2021.
  8. Giovanni Pigni "In Russia’s coal country," Eurozine, 13 December 2017.
  9. "Разрез «Бачатский» — крупнейший по площади загрязнитель угольной пылью в Кемеровской области". stopcoal.ru. April 2, 2021.
  10. KRU, "About UMMC," KRU website, accessed 11 January 2020.
  11. "ИТОГИ РАБОТЫ УГОЛЬНОЙ ПРОМЫШЛЕННОСТИ РОССИИ ЗА ЯНВАРЬ-ДЕКАБРЬ 2020 ГОДА". cyberleninka. 2021. Retrieved September 2022. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. Bachatskiy, Mining Portal, accessed 2022

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