Mechel puts the freeze on two mines

RUSSIAN producer Mechel has suspended operations at several facilities in two of its Southern Kuzbass coal mines following a safety inspection.
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Mechel Coal Resources.

Donna Schmidt

The company said on Tuesday that the Lenin underground operation and the New-Olzherassk mine had stopped work following an order by the Mezhdurechensk city court. The order came after the Mezhdurechensk territorial branch of the Southern Siberian department of the Federal Agency for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Monitoring conducted inspections.

“As of now, most of the monitoring agency’s requirements have been met,” the company said.

“Within Lenin underground and New-Olzherassk mines’ mining sections, the gas and dust conditions meet safety standards.”

Officials said mining should resume at both complexes within the next few days.

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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