Russian coal company has formulated a development plan for the Apsatsky opencast mine to 2025, targeting production capacity of 3 million tpy of washed coal.
To achieve this target, the company has divided the development plan into stages with the first stage – the construction of the Apsatsky coal preparation plant – now complete. The plant will have an initial capacity of 1.5 million tpy.
“Efforts to improve product quality are crucial. Raw coal prices have decreased. In light of this situation, SUEK management has given the task to only ship washed coal in the near term,” said Dmitry Doolin, a Chief Engineer at SUEK. “Thus the construction of washing plants today is one of the strategic paths chosen for the development of coal facilities.”
The company is also continuing construction of capital facilities to extend operations, such as settling ponds and haul roads.
The Apstasky mine is the most recent SUEK operation in the Zabaikelye region of Russia. It holds reserves of 2.2 billion t of coal.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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