The Hero of Kuzbass Yevgeny Kosmin and his brigade set the world monthly coal production record at the Yalevsky mine (SUEK-Kuzbass). The brigade produced a total of 1.627 million tonnes of coal in August. This is the best productivity result of underground production for a month in the coal industry in Russia and globally.
All coal was mined in lava №5004, with the 3.8 meters of extractable thickness of the layer of and 5.7 million tonnes of coal reserves, equipped with the most up-to-date world-class mining equipment.
In 2017 Yevgeny Kosmin brigade set several All-Russian and world production records. In May and July the team produced 1.407 million tonnes and 1.567 million tonnes (world record) accordingly. By the end of 2017, the production volume amounted to 5.309 million tonnes. In 2018, having started working on lava in April, the brigade has already produced 4.9 million tonnes, having updated its monthly record in August.
Sergei Tsivilev, an acting governor of the Kemerovo region noted, ‘Records are always the result of the highest productivity of our miners. It is production achievements that ensure the lowest cost of production, which means that our coal is highly competitive. For us, this is vitally important now, at a time when the entire Kuzbass is on the verge of a powerful economic breakthrough’.
‘SUEK invests a lot in equipment upgrades. And it is the best in the world’, says Yevgeny Kosmin. ‘We got a new generation continuous miner Eickhoff SL 900 that can produce up to 4,000 tonnes of coal per hour. We moved to a new layer, where we began to prepare lavas with the bottomhole section length of 400 meters, which are unique in Russia at the moment. The new mining technology makes it possible to produce more coal in fewer cycles. Everything is set up in the bottom and in the transport chain, so that the combine cuts almost non-stop. Of course, records are hard-won. But the team wants to constantly improve its own results’.
SUEK CEO Vladimir Rashevsky congratulated the champions noting, ‘The fact that the most modern technology is operated by a well-coordinated high class team of professionals, allows us to achieve results that a few years ago seemed fantastic. Every new record is a new level of professional standard, to which the whole industry will look up to. This is also a new step in the development of the modern, technologically advanced Russian coal industry.
The total volume of investments by SUEK in the development of the Yalevsky mine amounted to 10 billion roubles (over $145 million) for the past five years