Vorgashorskaya mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Vorgashorskaya Coal Mine (Шахта Воргашорская) is an operating underground coal mine in the Komi Republic, Russia.


The map below shows the exact location of the mine.[1]

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The Vorgashorskaya coal mine is operated by Vorkutaugol JSC. In June 2012, the Vorgashorskaya mine, which previously existed as an independent legal entity, became part of Vorkutaugol JSC.[2] Vorkutaugol JSC was owned by Severstal, but the company was sold in the end of 2021 to Russkaya Energiya, whose majority shareholder is Roman Trotsenko.[3] However Severstal will remain the key consumer of Vorkutaugol coking coal - the terms of the sale agreement with include a long-term offtake contract guaranteeing Severstal's supply of raw material.[4]

The Vorgashorskaya coal mine produced 4.17 million tonnes in 2020.[5]

In 2019, Severstal acquired licenses for two sites adjacent to its Vorgashorskaya mine. This expansion would extend the life of the Vorgashorskaya mine by five years, from 2024 to 2029.[6] The company planned to start developing reserves in this expanded area in the fall of 2022, with the first lava launching in 2024.[7] As of 2022, the expansion appears to have been completed.

In 2021, it was anticipated that the mine will stop producing thermal coal in 2022. This is due to the mothballing of Vorkutinskaya CHP-1 and the change of fuel from coal to gas at Vorkutinskaya-2 power station.[8] The mine will continue producing coking coal.[8]

In September 2023 the State Technical Supervisory Board (Rostechnadzor) suspended operations at all Vorkutaugol mines.[9] According to Rostechnadzor, a dust and explosion hazardous condition was detected at one of the sites of the mine, and the operation of the suspended diesel monorail is in violation of mandatory industrial safety requirements.[9]


Vorkutaugol is one of the largest coal mining companies in Russia. It accounts for about 11% of the country's coking coal production. Vorkutaugol operates in the Pechora coal basin. The company consists of four underground mines, one open pit mine and several auxiliary enterprises. Vorkutaugol delivered 8.8 million tonnes of production in 2021, including 3.9 million tonnes of coal concentrate.[4]In 2022 Vorkutaugol increased coal production to 9.7 million tonnes.[10]

According to a media source from December 2021, it is anticipated that the underground mines of Vorkutaugol will be closed in 2030-2036.[11]

Mine Details

  • Owner: Vorkutaugol JSC
  • Parent: Russkaya Energiya LLC
  • Location: Vorgashor, Vorkuta Urban District, Komi Republic, Russia
  • GPS Coordinates: 67.5953177, 63.6160208 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 2.9 Mt (capacity)[9], 4.17 million tonnes (2020)[5], 2 Mt (7m 2022)[12]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 17 million tonnes (2023)[9]
  • Coal type: Bituminous (Met)[2]
  • Mine Type: Underground
  • Start Year: 1975[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Expansion details

  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: Increase capacity by 2.5 Mtpa to 5.4 Mtpa[13]
  • Mineable Reserves: 18.6 million tonnes[6]
  • Start Year: 2022


  1. Шахта «Воргашорская» АО «Воркутауголь», Wikimapia, accessed Mar. 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Шахта «Воргашорская»". vorkutaugol.ru. Retrieved October 2022 through Wayback Machine. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Severstal sells Vorkutaugol coal co to Trotsenko firm for 15 bln rubles". Interfax. April 29, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "PAO Severstal: Severstal closes the agreement of disposal of Vorkutaugol to Russkaya Energiya". Bloomberg. April 29, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "ИТОГИ РАБОТЫ УГОЛЬНОЙ ПРОМЫШЛЕННОСТИ РОССИИ ЗА ЯНВАРЬ-ДЕКАБРЬ 2020 ГОДА". cyberleninka.ru. 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Severstal Extends Life of Vorgashorskaya Mine," "Russia Business Today," September 6, 2019.
  7. "Severstal Vorkutaugol Acquires 2 New Sections of the Vorgashorskoye Coal Field," "Metal Expo website," September 13, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "«Воркутауголь» объявляет о прекращении добычи энергетического угля". vorkutaugol.ru. June 11, 2021. Retrieved through Wayback Machine. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Ростехнадзор приостановил ведение горных работ на объектах Воркутауголь". neftegaz.ru. September 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Итоги работы угольной промышленности 2022 г". cyberleninka.ru. 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Северсталь продает Воркутаугль Русской энергии за 15 млрд руб. Поставки угля сохранятся". neftegaz.ru. December 2, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "VorkutaUgol Corporate Newspaper" (PDF). gazetamv.ru. August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "ANNUAL REPORT 2019," "Severstal company," 2019.