Russia, the largest country in the world, is also the leader in coal reserves with an estimated 250 billion tonnes considered economically recoverable.
Russian coal output has fluctuated dramatically in the past 20-plus years, dropping from a peak of 425 mtpa in 1988 to just over half that in the 1990s. The country today ranks third in global coal exports, accounting for 100 mtpa or 11 percent of the total market, and has set a production target of 400 mtpa by 2015.
The market stimulus to reach this ambitious target comes from growing demand for metallurgical-grade coals to satisfy Russia’s steel producers, and from overseas export opportunities. Several new mines are already under construction in different coal-mining areas. Chief among these is the Kuzbass region in western Siberia, which contains 60 percent of Russia’s coal reserves and plans to increase current output of 185 mtpa to 225 mtpa by 2015 through a combination of new mines and upgrading existing facilities.
FLSmidth, through the UK Rugby office, had sold small amounts of process equipment through third parties to the Russian coal industry for many years. In 2005, Rugby took the opportunity to provide the technology, plant design and process equipment for the complete Mezhdurechenskaya washery through its Russian representative. The automated washery design was extremely flexible to allow the treatment of both energetic and metallurgical grade coals and successfully operates above design capacity. Smaller plants at Shestakiy and Barzass I followed in 2007.
The FLSmidth Minerals office in Moscow was opened in 2008, and after the financial crisis eased in 2009 the coal business was firmly back on track. The Barzass II washery was commissioned in May 2011 and contracts to deliver technical support and equipment packages for the majority of process islands in the Matushinskaya and Chernigovets washeries, which are now at the execution stage with plant start-ups planned for 2012. All these washeries are located in the Kuzbass region.
The majority of the equipment is delivered from the Krebs®, Dorr-Oliver® and EIMCO® brands and includes WEMCO® Drums, Heavy Media and Classifying Cyclones, Screens & Sieves, Flotation, Thickeners, Press Filters and Pumps.
The technical performance and reliability of the FLSmidth® equipment has been a key element in securing the business.
FLSmidth has also committed to opening a strategic spares stock at Kiselevsk in the centre of the Kuzbass region to service the customers. The first spares shipment will arrive in 2011.
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