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Bogatyr Coal Mine (Разрез Богатырь) is a surface coal mine near Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan (Pavlodar region), Kazakhstan.

It is not to be confused with Bogatyr Coal Mine in Russia.

The mine is the largest coal producer in the country, accounting for approximately 40% of all the coal produced in the country, and 70% produced in the Ekibastuz basin.[1]


The below map shows the exact location of the Bogatyr Komir mine near Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan.

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Bogatyr Coal Mine is owned and operated by Bogatyr Komir, a joint venture between Samruk Energy and United Company RUSAL.

The company conducts mining at two surface mines located close to each other, Bogatyr and the smaller Severny coal mine. Bogatyr mine operated sections 5,6,9 and 10 of the coal field, while Severny operates sections 1,2,3 and 4.[2] Operating and technical indicators are often presented and reported jointly for the two surface mines.

The Bogatyr mine was built in nine stages from 1965 to 1979.[3]

In autumn of 1996, the national company Ekibastuzkomir JSC (which owned Bogatyr mine up until that point) was privatized by the Kazakh government, and the American company Access Industries Inc. bought the 70%-property of Bogatyr Mine and Stepnoy coal mine (a coal mine in Russia's Khakasiya Republic, owned by Russian Coal); the name was changed to Bogatyr Access Komyr, LLP. Later on, the American company sold the mines to the Russian company United Company RUSAL, the world’s largest vertically integrated aluminium producer.[4][5] In 2008, Bogatyr was transferred to the management of a joint venture of Kazakhstan Samruk Energy and the Russian United Company RUSAL. And in March 2009, Bogatyr Access Komir LLP was renamed as Bogatyr Komir LLP.[3]

The main consumers of coal from Bogatyr Komir mines are the Ekibastuz-1 power station in Kazakhstan and Reftinskaya GRES power station in Russia, the share of shipments to which was more than 45% in 2018.[6] Other consumers include Ekibastuz-2 power station, the CHP plants in Almaty, Karaganda TPS-3 power station, and other coal-fired power plants in Kazakhstan.[3]

Guinness World Record

With an output of 56.8 million tonnes of coal in 1985, the Bogatyr mine entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's largest single coal mine. (However, since then this level of production has not been sustained.)[4]Over 1 billion tonnes of coal have been extracted since the start of operations to 2018.[1]

Joint production of Bogatyr and Severny coal mine was 44.6 million tonnes in 2021.[7] In 2020 joint production reached 43.4 million tonnes, of which 33.4 million tonnes was contributed by the Bogatyr mine.[2]


From 2020, Bogatyr Komir stated its plans to modernize its Bogatyr Mine and expand its annual production capacity to 40 million tonnes of coal per annum.[8] The company has taken out a number of loans from the Eurasian Development Bank for the purpose of achieving this goal.[8][9][10] The project entails a switch to an automated conveyer use. The head of Samruk-Energy noted that "the need for a fundamental change in the technology of coal mining at the “Bogatyr” open-pit mine is connected with reaching the depth of mining works, whereby the existing coal transportation scheme is inefficient, and the main mining equipment has reached the end of its service life and needs to be updated."[11]

As of February 2022, the installation of metal structures, pre-assembly of all equipment, and concrete/foundation work was 90% complete, and the construction and commissioning of electrical equipment was underway. Completion of construction and installation works was scheduled for Q3 of 2022, while commissioning was scheduled for Q4 of 2022.[12] The additional production is possible through the mine's "cyclical-and-continuous method for coal mining. After the launch of this new technology and commissioning of the project, production capacity is expected to go from 32 million tonnes to 40 million tonnes at the Bogatyr mine.[13]

In December 2022, the company announced the commissioning of the cyclical-and-continuous production complex and the production of the first batches using the complex. A conveyor complex with a total length of 11.5 kilometers, 4 crushers, 2 stackers, 2 blending loaders and an automatic coal loading point into wagons were built.[14][15]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Bogatyr Komir
  • Owner: 50% Samruk Energo JSC / 50% United Company RUSAL
  • Location: Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan
  • GPS Coordinates: 51.655495, 75.4336006 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 33.4 million tonnes (2020)[2]
  • Total Resource:
  • Total Reserves: 1549 million tonnes (2020)[2]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 1979
  • Source of Financing:
  • Number of Employees: 6500 (with Severny coal mine)

Project Expansion Details

  • Status: Construction (Test Operation from December 2022[12][14])
  • Capacity: 6.6 million tonnes (up to 40 million tonnes total)[13][9]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Start Year: December 2022[12][14]
  • Source of Financing: Eurasian Development Bank[10]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The EDB to invest EUR 196.9 million in Bogatyr Komir’s project" Eurasian Development Bank, Feb. 22, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Samruk Energy 2020 Annual Report (page 24 - reserves, page 55- production)" (PDF). 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 About Company Bogatyr, accessed November 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bogatyr Access Komir Wikipedia, accessed November 2019.
  5. "Bogatyr Access Komir, the Leader of Kazakhstan’s Coal Industry" Kazakhstan Business Magazine, 2001.
  6. Samruk-Energy reports record coal mining volume by Bogatyr Komir in 2018, Press Release, Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), December 29, 2018
  7. "Основные производственные показатели". Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Adams, Debo (2019). "Kazakhstan's Beating Heart". Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-05-17. Retrieved 2020-05-16. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Угольный разрез «Богатырь» увеличит мощность". September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 "The EDB to invest EUR 196.9 million in Bogatyr Komir's project". 2018. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "A new project is implemented in the Ekibastuz coal basin". 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Samruk-Energy plans to introduce new coal extraction and transportation technology at Bogatyr deposit in Ekibastuz", KASE Kazakhstan Stock Exchange JSC, September 14,2021.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "«Богатырь Комир» запустил в опытно-промышленную эксплуатацию циклично-поточный комплекс добычи угля". December 15, 2022. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Богатырь Комир" продолжает программу обновления". December 15, 2022. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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