22 Dec 2017 11:53

Evraz resumes production at Yesaulskaya mine after rock collapse

KEMEROVO. Dec 22 (Interfax) - Evraz Group has resumed production at the Yesaulskaya mine on Friday.

The Russian Energy Ministry said "emergency rescue operations were completed at 1:05 a.m., three miners were brought to the surface".

Rock collapsed in the mine's ventilation shaft at about 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. Moscow time) on December 20. There were 100 people inside at the moment, and 97 of them were evacuated. According to the preliminary information, about ten meters of the shaft are blocked with rocks.

The rescuers reached the workers at about 5:30 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. Moscow time) on Friday. They built a corridor of about 14 meters. More than 100 people and over 15 vehicles were engaged in the rescue effort.

Evraz's Raspadskaya Coal Company is the management company for mines of the Raspadskaya group and mines that were previously part of Evraz's Yuzhkuzbassugol United Coal Company: Alardinskaya, Yesaulskaya, Yerunakovskaya-8, Osinnikovskaya, Uskovskaya and the mothballed Abashevskaya, Kusheyakovskaya and Tomskaya.