SUEK’s easy access to key transport infrastructure enables us to reliably and cost-effectively supply the major markets of Russia, Europe and Asia-Pacific. We are closer to key Asian markets than many of our competitors, so we benefit from reduced transportation costs.
The SUEK Group operates one of the largest fleets of rail cars in Russia for supplying coal to its Russian customers as well as for transporting coal to the ports where it is loaded onto seagoing vessels and shipped to the west and to the east. SUEK manages one of the five largest gondola railcar fleets in Russia, totalling 42,900 units at the end of 2018 and satisfying over 80% of our transportation needs, a 10% increase year-on-year. Our fleet includes high-capacity cars, with 75- and 77-tonne capacity and a service life of up to 32 years, which were designed to meet SUEK’s specifications. Our own railway infrastructure which is 791.5 km long connects the Group’s mining operations and ports to the main railway lines. The Group also operates 190 locomotives and 16 loading stations.
International coal supplies go through our own modern Vanino Bulk Terminal and Murmansk Commercial Seaport as well as Maly Port, where the Company is one of the main shareholders.