Borodinsky coal mine

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Borodinsky coal mine (Бородинский разрез) is a surface mine in the Rybinsky district of the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia.


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

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The Borodinsky coal mine is operated by SUEK-Krasnoyarsk, a subsidiary of SUEK. This mine is in the Kansk-Achinsk coal basin[1] and is 152 km east of Krasnoyarsk.[2] It is the largest surface mine in Russia.

The mine was commissioned in 1949 with a production capacity of 1 million tonnes of coal per year. It had been built between 1945 and 1949 by Gulag prisoners.[2] Originally workers used picks and shovels in order to mine coal, while the rocks were transported by wheelbarrows.[3] By 1987 its production capacity was brought up to 29 million tons per annum.[4] In the early 80s, the Borodinsky open pit mined 19 million tonnes of coal, and by 1991 the maximum level of coal production reached 30 million tonnes per annum.[4]

In the period from 1950 to 2005, the Borodinsky open pit mine produced 794 million tonnes of coal.[4] In January 2016, the one billionth tonne of coal was mined here, making it the largest coal strip mine in the country.[1]

Nowadays mined products are shipped to almost all Siberian CHPs, along with utilities and defence companies of the Far East.[3]

Actual production in 2020 was 19.3 million tonnes; down from 22.3 million tonnes in 2019.[5] Production in the first 6 months of 2022 has grown to 10.9 million tonnes, 1 million higher than in the same period in 2021, due to the high load factors of Siberian thermal power plants as hydro generation has been low.[6]

In 2019, SUEK mentions in a press release that it planned to bring production to the level of 26 million tonnes per year in 2020.[3] This has not been achieved yet. Later in September 2022 SUEK mentions a project to upgrade the logistical capabilities of the mine.[7] Large-scale changes will affect the eastern part of the open pit: a new transport interchange with a tunnel and the Vostochny Exchange post will be built, where trains will be distributed along the tracks of the eastern part of the pit. The project also aims to ensure 'further advancement of the mining front to the east'.[7] The construction of the facility is scheduled for 2023-2024.[7]

Mine Details

  • Operator: SUEK-Krasnoyarsk
  • Owner: SUEK
  • Location: near Borodino, Rybinsky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 55.840966, 94.931056 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 22 mtpa[3] (capacity); 22.3 mtpa (2019 production)[5]; 19.3 mtpa (2020 production)[5]; 19.06 million tonnes (2021)[8]
  • Total Resource: 490 million tonnes[9]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal type: Lignite[10]
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 1949
  • Source of Financing:

Project Expansion Details

  • Status: Proposed
  • Capacity: 4 million tonnes to 26 Mtpa[3]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Start Year: 2024[7]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sergei Rzhevsky, "The largest coal strip mine in Russia," Russia Travel Blog, 24 May 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Russia Beyond, "The Borodinsky opencast colliery," Russia Beyond, 17 November 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 SUEK, "Coal Evolution at Borodinsky Open-Pit Mine," SUEK, 26 August 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Russian Wikipedia, "CРазрез Бородинский," Russian Wikipedia, accessed 17 February 2020.
  6. "СУЭК удерживает добычу за счет бурого угля". July 27, 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Бородинский разрез СУЭК модернизирует логистические мощности". September 20, 2022.
  9. SUEK. "Annual Report 2021". Retrieved September 2022. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. SUEK, "Empowered: Integrated Report 2018," page 53, SUEK, 2019.

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