Borodinsky coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor
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Borodinsky coal mine is an opencast coal mine, operated by SUEK, producing 22 million tonnes per annum, next to the village of Borodino, in the Rybinsk district of the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia.

The company plans to expand production to 26 million tonnes at the end of 2020. It is the largest surface mine in Russia.


The undated image below shows the exact location of the mine, near Borodino, in Rybinsky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia.

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Coal Mine Background

The mine was commissioned in December 1949 with a production capacity of 1 million tons of coal per year. It was producing coal by 1950. In 1953 the scale of the mine was reconsidered and by 1987 its production capacity was brought up to 29 million tons per year.[1] In the early 80s, the Borodinsky open pit mined 19 million tons of coal, and by 1991 the maximum level of coal production the mine had reached was 30 million tons per year.[1]

Until 1991, the Borodinsky open pit was part of the Krasnoyarskugol Production Association. From 1991 to 1993 the Borodinsky open-pit mine was an independent enterprise.[1]

In the period from 1950 to 2005, the Borodinsky open pit mine produced 794 million tons of coal and 827 million m3 of overburden operations were produced.[1]

In May 2007, the shareholders of Borzinsky Razrez, Berezovsky-1 Razrez and Nazarovsky Razrez decided to merge into SUEK-Krasnoyarsk.[1]

By the end of 2020 SUEK plans to bring production to the level of 26 million tonnes per year.[2] In January 2016, the one billionth ton of coal was mined here, making it the largest coal strip mine in the country.[3]

In 2012 the mine was 7 km (4 miles) long and 100 meters (328 feet) deep. It had been built between 1945 and 1949 by Gulag prisoners to produce about 20 million tonnes of coal.[4] Originally workers used picks and shovels in order to mine coal, while the rocks were transported by wheelbarrows.[2] By the end of 2020 SUEK plans to bring production to the level of 26 million tonnes per year.[2]

This mine is in the Kansk-Achinsk coal basin[3] and is 152 km east of Krasnoyarsk.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: SUEK
  • Location: near Borodino, Rybinsky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 55.840966, 94.931056 (exact)
  • Status: Operational[3]
  • Production Capacity: 22 mtpa[2]
  • Total Resource: 952.322 million tons[1]
  • Mineable Reserves: 600 million tonnes[2]
  • Coal type: Lignite[5]
  • Mine Size: exceeds 2,000 hectares, 7km long and 2km wide[2]
  • Mine Type: Opencast[4]
  • Start Year: 1945[3]
  • Source of Financing: The main shareholder is MDM Bank 69.1% of the authorized capital[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Russian Wikipedia, "CРазрез Бородинский," Russian Wikipedia, accessed 17 February 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 SUEK, "Coal Evolution at Borodinsky Open-Pit Mine," SUEK, 26 August 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sergei Rzhevsky, "The largest coal strip mine in Russia," Russia Travel Blog, 24 May 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Russia Beyond, "The Borodinsky opencast colliery," Russia Beyond, 17 November 2012.
  5. SUEK, "Empowered: Integrated Report 2018," page 53, SUEK, 2019.

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