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Shut down complete at Debiensko coking plant

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World Coal,

On 30 August 2018, the Debiensko coking plant in Silesia (southern Poland), owned by JSW KOKS discontinued operations. The decision to discontinue coke production in Czerwionka-Leszczyny was announced in the middle of last year.

The JSW KOKS (JSW) management board decided to accelerate the process of shutting down the coke oven battery that had originally been planned to take place on 4 September 2018.

The process of transferring employees began last year. They were given the choice of transferring to the Radlin, Jadwiga or Przyjazn coking plants. Alternatively, they could also submit their preference for staying on in their current place of work where tasks involving the sorting of coke and tidying up the site will be carried out. In addition, every employee had the option to go to work in one of JSW’s mines. Taking a job in a mine is possible only through JSW Szkolenie i Górnictwo (SIG). Employees are hired by SIG for a maximum of one year according to the rules in force in that company, and later they are gradually transferred to a JSW mine.

The transfer from the Debiensko coking plant to a mine is to take place on a voluntary basis. Consequently, employees do not receive a notice of termination.

The Debiensko coking plant dates back to 1908 when the owner at that time of the local coal mine decided to build a coke production facility next to it. This plant consisting of two coke oven batteries commenced operations in 1913. Recently, the coking plant had approximately 180 employees with a production capacity of 300 000 tpa of coke. 

Debiensko was one of the four coking plants owned by JSW KOKS belonging to the JSW Group, with the Przyjazn Coking Plant in Dabrowa Górnicza being the largest one. JSW KOKS also has two other plants: Jadwiga and Radlin.

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