Olzherassk coal mines

From Global Energy Monitor
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.[1]


The undated image below shows the location of the mines, near Mezhdurechensk, in Mezhdurechensky District, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.[2]

Loading map...

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.[3]

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.[3]

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[4] A fourth mine, Usinskaya Underground is proposed which could produce coal until 2017.[3]

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.[5] The second time it was reported by Metal Bulletin that the cause was coal in the mine self-heating.[6] The mine resumed production in September 2012.[7]

In 2012 from New Olzherassk, was exported to the EU, Brazil, Turkey and Ukraine.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Mechel[3]
  • 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[3]
  • Production Capacity: 2 million tonnes (2017)[8]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 31.7 million tonnes, Olzherassky: 53.5 million tonnes[9]
  • Coal type: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: thermal, Olzherassky: coking coal[8]
  • Mine Size: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 16km2, Olzherassky: 14.8km2 in production, 10.9km2 in proposed, Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya: 19.2km2 and Usinskaya: 3.6km2[3]
  • Mine Type: Olzherassky: open Pit, other mines: underground[3]
  • Start Year: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 2008, Olzherassky: 1980, Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya: not started production and Usinskaya: proposed[3]
  • End Year: Olzherasskaya-Novaya: 2035, Olzherassky: 2050, Olzherasskaya-Glubokaya: 2211 and Usinskaya Underground: 2071[3]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018,", Mechel website, 2019.
  2. Разрез «Ольжерасский», Wikimapia, accessed Mar. 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 73, Mechel website, 2019.
  4. Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 27, Mechel website, 2019.
  5. Mechel, "Mechel Reports Suspension of Work at Several Facilities at New-Olzherassk Mine," Mechel, 10 February 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fast Markets, "Mechel suspends New Olzherassk mine again on coal self-heating," Metal Bulletin, 28 February 2012.
  7. Mechel, "Mechel Reports Resumption of Coal Mining at New-Olzherassk Underground Mine," Mechel website, 20 September 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 74, Mechel website, 2019.
  9. Mechel, "Form 20-F report, 2018," page 85, Mechel website, 2019.

Related GEM.wiki articles