Elegest coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Elegest coal mine, operated by Tuva Energy Industry Corporation (TEPK), produces 7 million tonnes per annum, in Tuva Republic, south of Eastern Siberia, Russia.

The company has proposed increasing its annual production to 20 million tonnes, which would make it the largest coking mine in Russia.[1][2]


The map below shows the exact location of the proposed mine, near Ust-Elegest, Kyzylskiy District, Tuva Republic, Russia.[3]

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Coal Mine Background

Between 2006 and 2009 TEPK carried out exploration of the Elegestskoye coal deposit.[4]

TEPK plans to build a coal port terminal at Vanino Port in Khabarovsk Krai, and build the Elegest-Kyzyl-Kuragino railway to transport coal from the mine to the port for export.[1] The train line and mine expansion are expected to be operational in 2023.[5][6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Tuva Energy Industry Corporation (TEPK)
  • Location: Ust-Elegest, Kyzylskiy District, Tuva Republic, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 51.565237, 94.112646 (exact)
  • Status: Operating[2]
  • Production Capacity: 7 mtpa[2] expanding to 20 million
  • Mineable Resource: 855 million tons[7] (referred to as "balance reserves").
  • Coal type: Coking coal
  • Mine Size: 84km2[7]
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year:2011[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Investor's Globe,"Ruslan Baisarov - Owner of TEPK & Chairman of Most Company", Investor's Globe website, accessed 30 July 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Russia & CIS Metals and Mining Weekly,"Interfax Russia & CIS Metals and Mining Weekly.(Interview)(Company overview)", archive today website, 29 December 2011.
  3. Элегестское месторождение, Wikimapia, accessed Mar. 2021.
  4. N.E. Dubovik and A.E. Vertel "Elegestskoye coal deposit - a new raw material base of coking coal", Vnedra website, accessed 30 July 2019.
  5. Rosbalt "Дорога «Кызыл-Курагино» будет построена", Rosbalt website, 2 April 2019.
  6. ysia.ru "Эльгинское угольное месторождение подключено к единой энергетической системе России", ysia.ru website, 18 August 2019 .
  7. 7.0 7.1 TEPK,"Основные параметры месторождения", TEPK website, accessed 30 July 2019.

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