Krasnogorsk coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Krasnogorsk coal mine, also known as Krasnogorsky mine, is an operating opencast coal mine in the Kuzbass coal field of the Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.[1]

As of 1 January 2020, in-situ reserves at Southern Kuzbass Coal's six coal mines are estimated at about 1.8 billion tonnes. The projected capacity of the company’s assets, including underground and open pit mines totals 18 million tonnes annually, while washing capacity totals 17 million tonnes.[1]


The map below shows the location of the mine, near Kazas, in Novokuznetsky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.[2]

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Coal Mine Background

The mine started in 1954. There are two licenses currently operating, one of which runs on in January 2021 and the other in November 2025. The mine is expected to operate until 2055.[3]

The area is heavily mined by both opencast and underground mines. The combined impact of the operations is significant, with the water visual polluted, wildlife has fled and people who used to live as subsistence farmers or gatherers and hunters, having to buy food as dust cloaks food growing areas.[4][5]

Southern Kuzbass Coal Company joined Mechel Group, in 2003.[6]

In 2007 Southern Kuzbass Coal Company joins Mechel’s coal division Mechel Mining.[6]

In 2002 the company launched the Krasnogorsk Processing Plant to handle anthracite and steam coal.[6]


Products mined by the Southern Kuzbass Coal company are generally shipped by rail to Russian customers, to north western Russian ports for European customers, to Port Posiet and Vanino Port for export to Asia or to Port Mechel Temryuk for customers in the Black Sea and Mediterranean basin.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Southern Kuzbass Coal[1]
  • Parent Company: Mechel[1]
  • Location: Kazas, Novokuznetsky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 53.634145, 87.972316 (exact)
  • Status: Operating[1]
  • Production Capacity: 3.1 million tonnes in 2018 down from 4.2 in 2016[7]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 191 million tonnes[8]
  • Coal type: Thermal coal and anthracite[7]
  • Mine Size: 25.2 km2[3]
  • Mine Type: Opencast[1]
  • Start Year: 1954[3]
  • End Year: 2055[3]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mechel, "Southern Kuzbass," Mechel website, accessed 7 January 2020.
  2. Krasnogorski Open Cast Mine, Wikimapia, accessed Mar. 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 73, Mechel website, 2019.
  4. Anne Harris, "Slow Death in Siberia," Red Pepper, 17 May 2018.
  5. Daria Andreeva and Anne Harris, "Slow Death in Siberia," page 10, Fern and Coal Action Network, May 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Mechel, "History," Mechel website, accessed 4 February 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 74, Mechel website, 2019.
  8. Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 85, Mechel website, 2019.

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