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Mechel Reports Halt of Sibirginskaya Mine at Southern Kuzbass Coal Company

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

MYSKI, Russia, June 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports the temporary halt of the Sibirginskaya mine owned by Southern Kuzbass Coal Company OAO, which is part of Mechel Mining OAO.

At the Sibirginskaya mine, a heightened level of fire gases was detected in the mined-out area of the long wall 3-1-9, which indicates self-heating of coal. Due to that, mining works at the site were halted and all miners returned to the surface.

No carbon monoxide was detected in the long wall 3-1-9's active mine-working.

Southern Kuzbass Coal Company's experts mapped out measures to prevent this incident's possible negative consequences, which included temporarily isolating the long wall 3-1-9. Experts use remote probing to monitor the content of gases in the long wall's mined-out area.

Mining at the Sibirginskaya mine is currently halted, with the mine's experts working on the way to liquidate the source of self-heating. The mine's entire production infrastructure, including transport, ventilation, pumps, power facilities, tunneling faces and active mine-working areas are operational and safe.

The date when mining is resumed will be determined once the project of liquidating the source of self-heating is complete.

The mine's storages hold enough coal for the company to meet all its contractual obligations.

Halting the mine's work will not impact the construction project for Sibirginskaya's second line, which, when completed, is due to increase the enterprise's production capacity to 2.4 million tonnes a year.

Mechel is one of the leading Russian companies. Its business includes four segments: mining, steel, ferroalloy and power. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, nickel, steel, ferrochrome, ferrosilicon, rolled products, hardware, heat and electric power. Mechel products are marketed domestically and internationally.

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