OAO Vorkutaugol, part of OAO Severstal, a leading steel producer and mining company based in Russia, commissioned two new longwall faces at the Komsomolskaya mine in the Troynoy and Chetvertiy seams. The Chetvertiy face is expected to extract around 78,000 metric tons (mt) per month of coal per month at full capacity. The panel holds approximately 897,000 mt of coal.

The Troynoy face will mine a panel of more than 930,000 mt at a rate of almost 115,000 mt/month. “Commissioning of two new coal faces will allow the company to complete the year according to the plan,” said Eugeny Balukov, director of the Komsomolskaya mine. “Even though geological difficulties initially hampered the equipment installation phase, employees have overcome the issues.”