Chernogorsky coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Chernogorsky coal mine (Черногорский разрез) is a surface coal mine near the town of Chernogorsk, in the western part of the Minusinsk coal basin which lies in the Republic of Khakassia, Russia.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the mine, 15km southwest of Chernogorsk, in Ust-Abakansky District, Republic of Khakassia, Russia.

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The mine is operated by SUEK-Khakassia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK).[1] The mine is the largest among SUEK’s mines in Khakassia, producing about 9 million tonnes per annum.

About half of the production of the mine is exported to Europe and Asia.[1][2] The rest is consumed domestically by Novosibirsk-4 power station and Novosibirsk-2 power station.[3] In 2022, export volumes are likely to be lower than previous years as a result of EU sanctions, and a lack of transportation infrastructure from Khakassiya to allow a redirection of exports to Asian markets.[4]

The mine has an expansion plan approved in March 2019. It is expected to reach capacity of 12.5 million tonnes of coal per annum by 2022.[5] The expansion project incudes the reconstruction of existing facilities and construction of new ones. It appears that the expansion is going ahead as the production increased by 1 million tonnes in 2021.

The extracted coal is sent to the nearby Chernogorsky coal washing plant for reducing the ash content and for improving the coal value. Chernogorsky washing plant has a capacity of 8 million tons per annum.[2] SUEK-Khakassia completed the reconstruction of the Chernogorsky washing plant for an increased production capacity of 9 million tons per annum in 2019.[6] It produces coal used by households in Poland, Turkey, and other countries.[7]

Mine Details

  • Operator: SUEK-Khakassia
  • Owner: SUEK
  • Location: 15km southwest of Chernogorsk, in Ust-Abakansky District, Republic of Khakassia, Russia
  • Coordinates: 53.757047, 91.066350 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 8.62 million tonnes (2020)[8], 9.6 million tonnes (2021)[9]
  • Total Resource:
  • Total Reserves: 126 million tonnes (end of 2021)[7]
  • Coal type: Subbituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 1958[5]
  • Source of Financing:

Project Expansion Details

  • Status: Permitted[5]
  • Capacity: Increase of 2.9 Mt to 12.5 Mt
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Start Year: 2019
  • Source of Financing: SUEK[5]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 SUEK, "Our operations", accessed August 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 SUEK AG, Coal mines, accessed August 2022.
  3. Поставки угля на новосибирские ТЭЦ не снижаются Tayga Info 17 March 2022
  4. Администрация Президента признает критичность ситуации с вывозом угля из Хакасии, но решений пока не видно,, 18 August 2022
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Authorities approve expansion of Chernogorsky open-pit mine, SUEK press release, 27 March 2019
  6. Chernogorsky coal mine
  7. 7.0 7.1 SUEK Annual Report 2021, page 61 (exports), page 161 (reserves)
  8. Предприятия СУЭК в Хакасии досрочно выполнили годовые производственные планы, SUEK press release, 4 January 2021

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