Bachatsky coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Bachatsky coal mine, also spelled Batchatsky, is the largest open-pit coal mine in the Kuzbass coalfield, operated by Ural Mining Metallurgical Company, producing 10 million tonnes per annum, in the Belovsky and Guryevsky districts in the Kemerovo region, Russia.[1]

Location

The map below shows the exact location of the rail head terminal in the Batchatsky coal mine.

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Coal Mine Background

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.[1]

In 2016 the mine was extended, to allow up to 10 million tonnes of coal a year to be extracted.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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 Since then, the neighbouring Bachatsky coal mine has increased in its activity and today the field has been replaced by a huge spoil tip.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.’"[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Kuzbassrazrezugol
  • Parent Company: Ural Mining Metallurgical Company[5]
  • Location: Bachatsky, Kuzbass, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 54.273009, 86.196231 (exact)
  • Status: Operating[1]
  • Production Capacity: 10 million tons[1]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 312 million tons[1]
  • Coal type: Thermal and coking coal[1]
  • Mine Size: 11km long 2km wide, nearly 350m deep[3]
  • Mine Type: Opencast[1]
  • Start Year: 1949[1]
  • Source of Financing:

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Mining Portal, "ОАО «УК «Кузбассразрезуголь» Филиал «Бачатский угольный разрез»," Mining Portal website, accessed 11 January 2020.
  2. 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Moscow Times, "Earthquake Damages 500 Homes in Kemerovo Region," Moscow Times, 19 June 2013.
  4. Giovanni Pigni "In Russia’s coal country," Eurozine, 13 December 2017.
  5. KRU, "About UMMC," KRU website, accessed 11 January 2020.

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