Severstal Vorkutaugol Acquires 2 New Sections of the Vorgashorskoye Coal Field
JSC Vorkutaugol, one of the largest coal mining companies in Russia and a subsidiary of PJSC Severstal, a Metal-Expo regular exhibitor has acquired licenses for the development of two new blocks of the Vorgashorskoye coal deposit with total reserves of nearly 20 million tonnes of 1Zh and GZhO grades. The section to the 43rd block, located in the southwestern part of the Vorgashorskoye field, has reserves of 9.1 million tonnes of coal of metallurgical grade 1Zh. In total, the 43rd block contains 19.4 million tonnes of rock mass. The company plans to start developing these reserves in the fall of 2022 after the completion of tunneling. Within six years, the Vorgashorskaya mine will launch seven lavas in the 43rd block. Block 53-s is located in the Northern block of the Vorgashorskaya mine, its reserves are 9.5 million tons of rock mass of the GZhO energy grade. The first lava of the proposed five will be launched here in 2024. It is planned to complete mining of the block in 2029.
In 2018, a series of experiments with Vorgashorskaya coal allowed the production of low-ash concentrates, including grades 1Zh and GZhO, to be launched. Now they are successfully used at the Cherepovets Metallurgical Plant. After the conversion of Vorkuta CHPPs to gas, this will allow delivering the entire volume of extracted GZhO thermal coal to metallurgists. The experiment was conducted as part of Severstal's updated strategy. It provides common goals for enterprises that are part of UpStream - the global direction of the company from the extraction of raw materials to the production of liquid steel.
Vorgashorskaya mine is the largest coal mining enterprise in the European part of Russia. It develops the Vorgashorskoye coal deposit of the Pechora coal basin in the north of the Komi Republic. The mine is the youngest in Vorkuta and one of the most modernized to date. In 2018, Vorgashorskaya produced 2.9 million tonnes of coal.