After obtaining the licence, SUEK Kuzbass prepared a plan for uncovering and developing the Sychevsky-I seam, together with design documents for rail and belt inclines, and the organisation also constructed a temporary fan installation and the collar and underground components of the rail and belt inclines. The planned launch date for the first longwall is 2020. The Sychevsky-1 seam thickness is 4.5 m, the stope length is 360 m, and the design capacity is 3.5 million tonnes per year. In order to launch the first longwall, it is necessary to drill 13.7 km, including 4.7 km of capital and 9.0 km of preparatory development. The mine will be equipped with modular central drainage treatment facilities. Similar facilities are now used to treat water at the Rubana mine in Leninsk-Kuznetsky and at the Yalevskogo and Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya 1 mines in the Prokopyevsky district. The innovative equipment supplied by the German company EnviroChemie GmbH makes it possible to reuse more than half of the treated water for process needs of the companies. The rest of water discharged into natural water bodies meets all sanitary standards.
As Deputy Governor Andrey Panov noted during the official mine opening ceremony, the main focus of the coal industry development programme in Kuzbass is on underground coal mining, since there are new, up-to-date technologies and equipment available for safe and efficient underground coal mining.
The new mine will substitute the depleted capacities of November 7th mine closed in 2017.
‘The November 7th New name is meaningful. SUEK has managed to keep a close-knit team of the November 7th mine founded back in 1930, instead of permanently transferring these workers to a new company,’ Yevgeny Yutyayev, General Director of SUEK Kuzbass, said. ‘For over two years, we invested 1 billion roubles (about $15 million) in the development of this site. The launch of the first longwall requires around 10 billion roubles (about $152 million). The current investment project is limited to developing the Sychevsky-I seam until 2026. The recoverable reserves are 23.9 million tonnes of grade D coal with a calorific value of 6000 kcal/kg,’ he added.