8 Jun 2010 16:03

Kuzbass coal production grows 18% in Jan-May

KEMEROVO. June 8 (Interfax) - There was 76.4 million tonnes of coal extracted in the Kemerovo region in January-May, an 18% year-on-year increase, the regional administration said.

That included 22 million tonnes of coking coal, up 16.4% year-on-year.

There was 76.2 million tonnes of coal shipped to consumers during the period, up from 69.5 million tonnes in Jan-May 2009, of which 26.8 million tonnes was destined for export (a drop of 22% year-on-year).

Production during the period increased at OJSC Yuzhny Kuzbass (or Southern Kuzbass) by 1.862 million tonnes, at SDS Coal by 1.596 million tonnes, at OJSC Kuzbassrazrezugol by 1.476 million tonnes, and also at OJSC Siberia Coal, OJSC SUEK-Kuzbass, and CJSC Stroyservice.

The largest production decreases were at CJSC Yuzhkuzbassugol (by 987,900 tonnes), LLC Promuglesbyt (175,900 tonnes), and LLC Russian Coal - Kuzbass (165,700 tonnes).

Coal production just in May came to 14.9 million tonnes, up 1.4% year-on-year, including 4 million tonnes of coking coal, up 8%. A total of 15.4 million tonnes of coal was shipped, including 6.8 million tonnes for export.

Kemerovo region coal producers extracted 181.3 million tonnes in 2009 as a whole, of which 53.8 million tonnes was coking coal, and representing a 1.7% decrease from 2008. Plans call for launching seven coal-extraction companies this year, which will make it possible to return to a pre-crisis level of 185 million tonnes.