Mechel Announces Accident on Nerungrinskaya Washing Plant

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

NERUNGRI, Russia, Dec. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL) announces the collapse of three thickeners at the Nerungrinskaya washing plant of the Yakutugol OAO, the subsidiary of Mechel Mining OAO.

On December 26 at 20:20 local time, three thickeners out of 30 collapsed in the washing shop of the Nerungrinskaya washing plant. There were no casualties or injured.

A special commission was set up to determine the reasons and consequences of the accident.

Works were launched at the site to restore heat and energy supply. Operation at the coking coal wash shop at the Nerungrinskaya plant was halted. However, the technological line processing steam coal is operating as scheduled and accordingly, there will be no delays in supply to the energy enterprises.

In order to load the plant's steam coal processing lines more efficiently, the overburden and extraction plans for the Nerungrinsky open pit are being re-considered. The group plans to step up extraction, processing and shipping of the SS-grade steam coal, which is in steady demand.

Mechel is one of the leading Russian companies operating in four segments: mining, steel, ferroalloys and power. Mechel's operations produce coal, iron ore concentrate, crude steel, rolled steel, ferroalloys, value-added downstream metal products as well as electric and heat power. Mechel markets its products both domestically and internationally.

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