15 Feb 2010 16:24

Belon Group ups coal production 7% in 2009

MOSCOW. Feb 15 (Interfax) - The Belon coal group, which is controlled by Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) , raised coal production 7% to 5.91 million tonnes in 2009, a Belon spokeswoman told Interfax.

Coking coal production grew 19.3% to 3.448 million tonnes but steam coal fell to 2.494 million tonnes, from 2.643 million tonnes in 2008, Larisa Kuznetsova said.

Overall coal production was less than the 7.5 million forecast by Andrei Dobrov, Belon's president and general director, in March.