12 Oct 2017 12:02

Kuzbass ups coal production 7.2% in 9M

MOSCOW. Oct 12 (Interfax) - Russia's coal-rich Kemerovo region, home to the Kuznetsk coal basin or Kuzbass, produced 180.2 million tonnes of coal in January-September 2017, 7.2% more than in the same period last year, the regional administration said in a press release.

This included 48 million tonnes of coking coal, up 0.6% year-on-year, and 132.2 million tonnes of steam coal, up 9.9%.

Open-cast mines produced 115.1 million tonnes of coal, up 7.1%, including 17.1 million tonnes of coking coal and 98.6 million tonnes of steam coal; and deep mines produced 65.1 million tonnes, up 7.4% year-on-year.

Raspadskaya Coal Company raised coal production by 1.2 million tonnes, Kuzbassrazrezugol Coal Company (KRU) raised it 1.5 million tonnes, Stroyservice increased it by 1.5 million tonnes and Razrez Kiyzassky raised it 2 million tonnes.

Washing plants processed 94.6 million tonnes of coal, up from 90.4 million tonnes a year previously, including 49.1 million tonnes of coking coal, up from 48.8 million tonnes. They produced 56.6 million tonnes of coal concentrate, up from 54 million tonnes, including 31.6 million tonnes of coking coal concentrate, as a year previously.

In total, 122 million tonnes of coal were processed, including processing by crushing and screening plants, up from 118.8 million tonnes a year previously, constituting 68% of all coal mined in the period.

Coal shipments grew 9% year-on-year to 131.3 million tonnes, with exports up 15% to 81.2 million tonnes.

Coal inventory increased 0.7 million tonnes during September and was 16 million tonnes on October 1, compared with 9.2 million tonnes a year previously.