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Mechel sells Elga coal deposit shares

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World Coal,

Mechel, a leading Russian mining and metals company, has closed the deal on selling to Gazprombank AO the 49% share in the Elga metallurgical coal deposit development project for 34.3 billion rubles.

According to the agreement, Mechel sold to Gazprombank 49% of shares in Elgaugol OOO, the project operator company and owner of its subsoil licence, 49% of shares in Elga-Doroga OOO, which owns the Ulak-Elga railroad, and 49% of shares in Mecheltrans Vostok OOO, which is the railroad’s transport operator. The cost of these shares totals 34.3 billion rubles.

“Together with Gazprombank we have followed the long and difficult path of restructuring Mechel’s debt, and now, building on our partnership, we have exercised the Gazprombank’s option to purchase the 49% share in Elga Coal Complex. Completion of this deal will not only help decreasing Mechel’s debt, but will also enable us to further develop the Elga deposit, which has tremendous importance for Russia’s mining industry,” Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov commented.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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