Bogatyr coal mine

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The Bogatyr coal mine is an open-pit surface coal mine, operated by Bogatyr Komir, a subsidary of Samruk-Energo JSC and United Company RUSAL, producing 32 million tonnes per annum, near Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan (Pavlodar region), Kazakhstan.

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 project is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s state-run Samruk Energy and Russia's RUSAL.[2]

Bogatyr Komir has plans to modernize its Bogatyr Mine and expand its annual production capacity to 40 million tonnes of coal per annum.[3] The company has taken out a number of loans from the Eurasian Development Bank for the purpose of achieving this goal.[3]

Location

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

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Background

The Bogatyr mine sits approximately 22 km from Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan (Pavlodar region).[2] It was built in nine stages from 1965 to 1979.[4]

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. Three years later, the Severny open-cast coal mine was transferred into trust management by the company as a result of negotiations between Bogatyr Access Komir and the now defunct OAO Unified Energy System of Russia. Later on, the American company sold the mines to the Russian company United Company RUSAL, the world’s largest vertically integrated aluminum producer.[5][6]

In 2008, Bogatyr Access Komir 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.[4]

According to RUSAL's website, Bogatyr Komir plans to increase its coal output to 58 million tonnes through the Severny field reconstruction that is expected to increase the mine capacity to 18 million tonnes per year by 2020. The facility also intends to modernize the Bogatyr mine and switch it to an automated conveyer use. The mine is also currently implementing a number of projects to reduce its impact on the environment. Among other things, the facility is introducing an underground waste disposal system. One dump storage area will remain in the facility, down from seven in the year 2000.[2]

The main consumers of coal from Bogatyr Komir mines is the Ekibastuz-1 power station and Reftinskaya GRES power station, the share of shipments to which is more than 45%.[7]

Guiness 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.)[5] Over 1 billion tonnes of coal have been extracted to date.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Bogatyr Komir
  • Parent Company: Samruk Energy JSC/United Company RUSAL
  • Location: Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan
  • GPS Coordinates: 51.655495, 75.4336006 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 32 million tonnes per year[2]
  • Production Expansion: 8 million tonnes per annum.[3]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 3 billion tonnes
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: surface, open pit[8]
  • Start Year: 1979
  • Source of Financing:
  • Number of employees: 6500 (with Severny coal mine)

Articles and resources

References

  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 Bogatyr Komir Rusal, accessed November 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Adams, Debo (2019). "Kazakhstan's Beating Heart" (PDF). International Energy Agency. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-05-17. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 About Company Bogatyr, accessed November 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bogatyr Access Komir Wikipedia, accessed November 2019.
  6. "Bogatyr Access Komir, the Leader of Kazakhstan’s Coal Industry" Kazakhstan Business Magazine, 2001.
  7. Samruk-Energy reports record coal mining volume by Bogatyr Komir in 2018, Press Release, Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), December 29, 2018
  8. Debo Adams,Kazakhstan's Beating Heart, IEA Clean Coal Centre, World Coal, October 2019

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