Bachatsky coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

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


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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The Bachatsky coal mine is owned and operated by Kuzbassrazrezugol JSC. 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][2]

In 2016 the mine was extended to allow up to 10 million tonnes of coal a year to be extracted.[3]

As of 2020, coal was shipped to more than 16 countries and to 22 regions of Russia. Foreign consumers included countries in Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and South America.[3]

It appeared that a continuous expansion of the mined area was ongoing: in 2021, an assessment of Environmental Impact was released for the purposes of public consultation.[4][5]

Production in 2021 reached 9.3 million tonnes.[6] There are no exact 2022 production figures, however Kuzbassrazrezugol reported in its 2022 annual report that the volume of well drilling and the volume of rock blasting increased by 8% and 7%, respectively, compared with 2021. This can be an indication that production increased in 2022 by approximately the same amount.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9]

Earthquake of magnitude 2.2 was registered again in June 2022 with the epicentre at the mine.[10]


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 Since then, the neighbouring Bachatsky coal mine has increased in its activity and today the field has been replaced by a huge spoil tip.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.’"[11]

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.[12][13]

Mine Details

  • Owner: Kuzbassrazrezugol JSC[14]
  • Parent: Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (52.74%)[15]
  • Location: Bachatsky, Belovsky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 54.273009, 86.196231 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 9.3 million tonnes (2021)[6], 8.9 million tonnes (2020)[16]; 9.5 million tonnes (2019)[3][1]
  • Capacity: 10 million tonnes[17]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 310 million tonnes (2018)[3][18]
  • Coal type: Bituminous (Thermal and Met)[3][18]
  • Mine Type: Surface[3]
  • Start Year: 1949[3]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Крупнейшие угольные разрезы Кузбасса". Nov 10, 2020. Retrieved Mar 18, 2022.
  2. "В самый глубокий разрез Кузбасса с лёгкостью войдёт 135-этажный дом". 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Mining Portal, "ОАО «УК «Кузбассразрезуголь» Филиал «Бачатский угольный разрез»," Mining Portal website, accessed 11 January 2020.
  5. "ОВОС: ОБЩЕСТВЕННЫЕ СЛУШАНИЯ". July 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Годовой отчет АО «УК «Кузбассразрезуголь» за 2021 год, Добыча угля". / 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Годовой отчет 2022". 2023. {{cite web}}: horizontal tab character in |title= at position 14 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 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.
  9. Moscow Times, "Earthquake Damages 500 Homes in Kemerovo Region," Moscow Times, 19 June 2013.
  10. "Вечером в Кузбассе произошло землетрясение". August 6, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Giovanni Pigni "In Russia’s coal country," Eurozine, 13 December 2017.
  12. "Разрез «Бачатский» — крупнейший по площади загрязнитель угольной пылью в Кемеровской области". April 2, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Плотное пылевое облако от взрыва накрыло населённый пункт под Беловом". / July 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. KRU, "About UMMC," KRU website, accessed 11 January 2020.
  15. "2021 Kuzbassrazrezugol Annual Report". / 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "ИТОГИ РАБОТЫ УГОЛЬНОЙ ПРОМЫШЛЕННОСТИ РОССИИ ЗА ЯНВАРЬ-ДЕКАБРЬ 2020 ГОДА". cyberleninka. 2021. Retrieved September 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. Bachatskiy, Mining Portal, accessed 2022
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Kuzbassrazrezugol Sustainability Report 2018-2019" (PDF). 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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