Terminal Astafiev

From Global Energy Monitor

Terminal Astafiev is one of seven coal terminals currently operating at the Port of Nakhodka in Primorsky Krai, Russia’s Far East.

The Port of Nakhodka is one of Russia's largest coal export hubs. The seven coal terminals at the port handled a combined volume of 16.2 million tonnes of coal in 2019.[1]


The port is located on the Trudny Peninsula jutting into the Nakhodka Bay of the Sea of Japan. The southern berths of the Nakhodka Commercial Sea Port are located directly to the northeast, and the Attis coal terminal is located directly to the southwest.

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Terminal Astafiev handled about 1.5 million tonnes of coal annually in 2013 and 2014.[2] The port is contractual partners with Russian coal companies Stroiservis Inc., Mechel, Kuzbassrazrezugol, Suek, and Gunvor Group. Most exports are to Asia.[3]

A port upgrade project including dredging and berth modernization was launched in 2012, allowing the port to receive Panamax class vessels.[4] Stevedore Terminal Astafiev planned to double its coal turnover in 2013 to three million tonnes a year, with a further increase to 6 million tonnes a year in 2016.[5] The total cost of the investment was estimated at 2.3 billion rubles (approximately US$72 million).[6] The port handled its first Panamax class vessel in 2015, and expansion of port capacity appears to have been completed that same year.[7]

In February 2018, the port agreed to transition to a fully closed coal-handling process, to minimize coal dust being blown from the terminal into surrounding areas.[8] The agreement came after years of violations of environmental regulations[9] and complaints from local residents.[10] In May of 2021, construction of sheds to enclose coal stockpiles was ongoing.[11]

Between January and October 2020, the Astafiev Terminal handled just under 3 million tonnes of coal and expected to handle a total of 3.2 million tonnes by the end of the year.[12]

Project Details

  • Operator: Aqua-Resources Group
  • Location: Primorsky Krai, Russia
  • Annual Coal Capacity (Tonnes): 6 million
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports (Asia)
  • Source of Coal: Russia

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