Solntsevsky coal complex

From Global Energy Monitor

The Solntsevsky coal complex consists of underground and opencast mines, operated by East Mining Company, producing 4 million tonnes per annum, for the Sakhalin GRES-1 power station and Sakhalin GRES-2 power station, near the village of Kransnopol'ye, in Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.

The complex consists of the Yuzhnuy-1 and Yuzhnuy-2 coal mines and the namesake Solntsevsky coal mine.[1] The company is looking to enlarge the project.[2]


The map below shows the location of the complex, 2km from Kransnopol'ye village, in Uglegorsky District, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.[3]

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Coal Mine Background

The Solntsevsky opencast mine has been operating since 1987.[2] Only 4.4 million tons in total was mined between 1987 and 2003. In 2011 the company bought licenses to work at Yuzhnuy-2 site with more than 130 million tons of reserves. In 2015 the East Mining Company started to look to further expand the complex.[1] The mining complex exports via East Mining Company's Shakhtersk port to Asia-Pacific countries.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: East Mining Company's subsidiary, Solntsevsky Coal Mine.[1]
  • Location: 2km from Kransnopol'ye village, in Uglegorsky District, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: 48.933062, 142.186323 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 4 Mt/year to increase to 10 Mt/year[2]
  • Mineable Resource: 300 million tons[2]
  • Coal type: Thermal coal,[4] lignite and bituminous coal[5]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Opencast and underground
  • Start Year: 1987, new stage planned for 2018 (delayed)[2]
  • Workforce Size: 800 (1148 with 2021 expansion)[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 East Mining Company, "About the company," accessed 8 August 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 East Mining Company, “Solntsevsky coal mine for 30 years”, 25 August 2017.
  3. Угольный разрез Солнцевский, Wikimapia, accessed Mar. 2021.
  4. CNCrusher, "Russia Suppliers Miners Steam Coal Exports," accessed 9 August 2019.
  5. East Mining Company, "Coal ranks and caloric value" accessed 9 august 2019.

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