Mechel OAO recently commissioned a prep plant and has produced the first volumes of coking coal concentrate mined at the Elga deposit. The launch required a number of complex solutions aimed at dealing with logistical and construction challenges. The plant fully complies with best international standards–technological process is fully computerized and is managed out of the central console, allowing for control of all processing systems in a real-time mode. The $64.7 million plant has annual processing capacity of 3 million metric tons.