Vladimir Rashevsky, SUEK CEO, was joined by Alexei Tsydenov, the acting Head of the Republic of Buryatia, to mark the start of construction of the second unit of the Tugnuisky washing plant.
Vladimir Rashevsky and Alexei Tsydenov placed a time capsule for future generations in the building’s foundations. The capsule can be opened in 10 years.
The commissioning of the second unit will help to increase the capacity of the washing plant from 1,500 tonnes per hour to 2,000 tonnes per hour by 2019, which will provide 12 to 14 million tonnes of washed coal per year, with the potential to wash into high-quality concentrate all the coal mined from the Olon-Shibirsky and Nikolsky deposits.
“We have achieved a lot over the years and have something to be proud of. We have been the best performing SUEK washing plant for 6 years. The launch of this unit will both increase the competitiveness of Tugnuisky coal in global markets and create new jobs”, said Igor Shkodin, acting first deputy General Manager for coal processing at the Tugnuisky washing plant.
The Tugnuisky washing plant was commissioned in August 2009. The coal produced by the plant meets all export quality requirements (final product content: 14% ash, 10% moisture, 5,650 kcal/kg calorific value, with minimal traces of impurities. Tugnuisky coal is exported to the Asia-Pacific region (primarily Japan).
SUEK is one of the leading coal mining companies in the world, the largest coal producer in Russia, and the largest supplier to the domestic market and exporter. SUEK’s mining, processing, transportation and service facilities are located in eight regions of Russia and employ more than 33,500 people. The main shareholder is Andrey Melnichenko.