Mining Industry of Russia - Mineral Resources - Mineral Fuels and Related Materials - Coal


The Energy Strategy for Russia for the Period up to 2020 foresees the need for coal production to increase to between 310 and 330 Mt by 2010 and to between 375 and 430 Mt by 2020 to meet expected domestic demand. Russia has 22 coal basins with 114 coal deposits that are unevenly distributed across the country. In 2005, the country had 241 operating coal mines, which included 104 underground mines and 137 open pits with a total production capacity of 315 Mt/yr. Total coal reserves registered in the State Register of Reserves were estimated to be about 200 Gt, and registered reserves in the explored categories A+B+C1 in the reserve classification system that was used in the Soviet Union and later Russia were reported as 106 Gt. These include coal reserves in operating coal mines, in mines under construction, and in areas explored in detail for new mine construction. As foreseen in the country’s energy strategy program, coal production must increase by 10 to 15 Mt/yr between 2005 and 2010 and by a total of 105 Mt by the year 2020. Although the creation of additional coal production capacity through upgrading and expansion of existing mines and development of new mines was possible based on reserves, doing so would require a level of investment in the coal sector far in excess of the historic level of investment in the past 5 years and casts doubt on the feasibility of the planned expansion. At current rates of investment coal production capacity by the year 2020 would be in the neighborhood of 375 Mt/yr. This optimistic investment scenario would depend to a large extent on an increase in foreign investment, particularly from Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean companies.

Read more about this topic:  Mining Industry Of Russia, Mineral Resources, Mineral Fuels and Related Materials

Other articles related to "coal":

White Coal
... White coal is a form of fuel produced by drying chopped wood over a fire ... White coal was used in England to smelt lead ore from the mid-sixteenth to the late seventeenth centuries ... White coal could be use mixed with charcoal for other industrial uses than lead smelting ...
Production Trends - Major Coal Importers
... Imports of Coal by Country and year (million short tons) Country 2010 ... Share Japan 199.7 209.0 206.0 182.1 206.7 17.5% China 42.0 56.2 44.5 ...
Enugu - Economy
... See also Economy of Nigeria Nicknamed the Coal City, Enugu's economy in the early 20th century depended on coal mining in the Udi plateau this ... The Nigerian Coal Corporation has been based in Enugu since its creation in 1950 where it controlled coal mining ... devastation that forced a decline in coal production from damage or destruction of equipment ...
Badlands - Features
... Coal seams are also exposed in some badlands, so historically, coal mining districts have developed in badlands areas ... An example of this is the Drumheller district of the Red Deer River in Alberta, where the Atlas Coal Mine historical site preserves the last of 139 mines that operated in the badlands ...
Enugu - Geography - Topography
... basin and the Benue trough and has the best developed coal in this area ... basement rock in this region is overlaid with sediments bearing coal from the Cretaceous and Tertiary age ... Coal seams in the Enugu coal district measure between 1 and 2 metres (3.3 and 6.6 ft) in thickness and the reserves have been estimated to be more than 300 million tonnes ...

Famous quotes containing the word coal:

    The discovery of Pennsylvania’s coal and iron was the deathblow to Allaire. The works were moved to Pennsylvania so hurriedly that for years pianos and the larger pieces of furniture stood in the deserted houses.
    —For the State of New Jersey, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    Writing is to descend like a miner to the depths of the mine with a lamp on your forehead, a light whose dubious brightness falsifies everything, whose wick is in permanent danger of explosion, whose blinking illumination in the coal dust exhausts and corrodes your eyes.
    Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961)

    “The room’s very hot, with all this crowd,” the Professor said to Sylvie. “I wonder why they don’t put some lumps of ice in the grate? You fill it with lumps of coal in the winter, you know, and you sit round it and enjoy the warmth. How jolly it would be to fill it now with lumps of ice, and sit round it and enjoy the coolth!”
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)