Olzherassk coal mines
|This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.|
Olzherassk coal mines are Olzherasskaya-Novaya Underground (New Olzherasskaya mine), Olzherassky Open Pit and lapsed proposals at Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya underground and Usinskaya underground. The mines lie in the Kuzbass coal field, near to the town of Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.
The undated image below shows the location of the mines, near Mezhdurechensk, in Mezhdurechensky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.
Coal Mine Background
The first Olzherassk coal mine, the opencast mine areas Raspadsk, Berezovsk and Sosnovsk, opened in 1980. It has a license until 2029. A second stage started in 2007, plots Berezovsk-2, Berezovsk and Olzherassk, with a license until 2024. Explorations and proposals exist for two more areas, Raspadsk development licensed until 2024 and Berezovsk Gluboky exploration and development licensed until 2035.
Mining at the Olzherasskaya-Novaya underground mine started in 2008, a following two areas of this mine are in production. It is expected to produce coal until 2035, with leases needing renewed in 2021, 2013 and 2025.
At a third mine, Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya underground preliminary work is being carried out. It has a license until 2025 with an expectation that coal will be produced until 2211. Mechel "failed to commence commercial coal production at the Olzherassk license area (Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya Underground) in 2012 due to unfavorable mine economics and the significant capital investments required to develop this license area." Coaling has not commenced A fourth mine, Usinskaya Underground is proposed which could produce coal until 2017.
Mining at the was suspended twice in February 2012. Of the first incident Mechel said, "Following a check conducted by the Mezhdurechensk territorial branch of the Southern Siberian department of the Federal Agency for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Monitoring, mining at New-Olzherassk mine was suspended by order of the Mezhdurechensk city court. The second time it was reported by Metal Bulletin that the cause was coal in the mine self-heating. The mine resumed production in September 2012.
In 2012 from New Olzherassk, was exported to the EU, Brazil, Turkey and Ukraine.
- Parent Company: Mechel
- Location: Mezhdurechensk, Mezhdurechensky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
- GPS Coordinates: 53.773877, 88.189659 (exact)
- Status: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: operating, Olzherassky: operating with extension plans and Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya and Usinskaya: proposed
- Production Capacity: 2 million tonnes (2017)
- Total Resource:
- Mineable Reserves: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 31.7 million tonnes, Olzherassky: 53.5 million tonnes
- Coal type: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: thermal, Olzherassky: coking coal
- Mine Size: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 16km2, Olzherassky: 14.8km2 in production, 10.9km2 in proposed, Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya: 19.2km2 and Usinskaya: 3.6km2
- Mine Type: Olzherassky: open Pit, other mines: underground
- Start Year: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 2008, Olzherassky: 1980, Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya: not started production and Usinskaya: proposed
- End Year: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 2035, Olzherassky: 2050, Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya: 2211 and Usinskaya Underground: 2071
- Source of Financing:
Articles and resources
- Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018,", Mechel website, 2019.
- Разрез «Ольжерасский», Wikimapia, accessed Mar. 2021.
- Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 73, Mechel website, 2019.
- Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 27, Mechel website, 2019.
- Mechel, "Mechel Reports Suspension of Work at Several Facilities at New-Olzherassk Mine," Mechel, 10 February 2012.
- Fast Markets, "Mechel suspends New Olzherassk mine again on coal self-heating," Metal Bulletin, 28 February 2012.
- Mechel, "Mechel Reports Resumption of Coal Mining at New-Olzherassk Underground Mine," Mechel website, 20 September 2012.
- Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 74, Mechel website, 2019.
- Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 85, Mechel website, 2019.