Saturday, 16 Jul 2011
Metinvest announced plans to increase its in house production of coking coal, following the commissioning of Affinity Mine owned by its subsidiary United Coal Company.
The planned capacity of this coal mining unit will amount to 1.9 million tonnes of the highest quality coking coal with the mine expected to achieve the production targets by 2012.
Total volume of coal to be mined at United Coal Company in 2011 is expected to increase by 14% to 8.2 million tonnes. The volume of the US coal imports to Ukraine in 2011 is estimated at the level of 0.8 million tonnes of clean coal presenting a 250%YoY increase.
Mr Dale Birchfield President of Affinity Coal Company said “We are very pleased that this project which will comprise four super sections and a state of the art preparation plant has been fully completed on time. The mine opening ceremony is the culmination of joint efforts of our committed employees, contractors and the Norfolk Southern Railroad. We are particularly honoured to have the Board of Directors of Metinvest in attendance and appreciate their confidence in this strategically important project.”
The new mine opening ceremony was attended by Mr Earl Ray Tomblin Acting Governor of West Virginia, Mr Bill Raney the President of West Virginia Coal Association and the Mayor of Sophia Danny Barr who thanked the management of Metinvest and noted the growing contribution of the coal company towards job creation and regional development in West Virginia.
Within the framework of Metinvest Ukrainian coal assets development strategy, mining of coking coal is expected to increase by 7% to 6.2 million tonnes in 2011 compared to 5.8 million tonnes in 2010 and by another 5% to 6.5 million tonnes in 2012. The modernization programme of Krasnodon Coal Company, the second largest coking coal producer in Ukraine, envisages implementation of the best HSE standards in addition to coal extraction expansion. In 2011, Metinvest intends to spend UAH 930 million for these purposes, 1.3 times more than in the previous year.
Mr Igor Syry CEO of Metinvest said “The provision of the highest possible quality raw materials is essential for the improved efficiency of our steel production and maintaining the high competitiveness levels of our finished products. High quality input is one of the prerequisites for the stable growth of our business as well as the development of regions where we maintain a presence and the whole of Ukraine.”