Mechel back online after temporary idle

RUSSIAN producer Mechel has restarted work at several facilities at its New-Olzherassk complex in Siberia after a court-ordered suspension.
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Mechel coal mining in Russia

Donna Schmidt

The producer initially announced the stoppage on February 10, resulting from a check by the Mezhdurechensk territorial branch of the Southern Siberian department of the Federal Agency for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Monitoring.

Mining was then ordered to be stopped by the Mezhdurechensk city court.

On late Thursday, Mechel announced all grounds of the suspension had been lifted and it had recommenced mining ahead of schedule.

“As of now, production at New-Olzherassk mine is fully resumed and it is operating as normal,” officials said.

In December, the miner suspended operations at its Lenin underground and New-Olzherassk mines following a safety inspection.

Officials restarted mining after a few days, after the mines’ gas and dust conditions met safety standards within the mining sections.

Mechel has a sizeable presence in the US as well.

According to US Mine Safety and Health Administration data, Mechel owns more than a dozen active surface and underground coal operations through several subsidiaries including Double Bonus, Dynamic Energy, Justice Energy, Nufac Mining and Pay Car Mining.

Mechel’s business is segmented into mining, steel, ferroalloy and power and it produces coal, iron ore concentrate, nickel, steel, ferrochrome, ferrosilicon, rolled products, hardware, heat and electric power.

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