Mechel Completes Elga Railway
“The railway’s completion is one of the most complicated and important stages in implementing the unique project of devel-oping the Elga coal deposit, which is one of the world’s largest coking coalfields. This project’s scale is unique for the mining industry. Completion of railway construc-tion together with the launch of mining at the deposit in such a short time, consider-ing the global financial crisis in 2008-2009, once again proves that Mechel is one of the few companies with the poten-tial to handle a project of such magni-tude,” said Igor Zyuzin, chairman, Mechel.
Mechel began constructing the Elga railway link in February 2008. The railway was built in difficult climatic and geologi-cal conditions. A total of 76 bridges were built in the course of the railway’s con-struction. Mining at the Elga open-pit began in August 2011, producing some 200,000 metric tons by the year’s end.