French company RBL-REI SA, has been appointed as the contractor to perform the construction works for a 28 km main coal conveyor for East Mining Company (EMCO). The contract for the production, supply and installation of the respective equipment was signed in Moscow. East Mining Company Transportation Systems Ltd, a resident of the Free Port of Vladivostok, was the signatory from the party of EMCO group.
The coal conveyor in the territory of Uglegorsk Region in Sakhalin Region will be the most extensive in Russia. It will connect the key production assets of Solntsevsky Coal Mine Ltd with Coal Sea Port Shakhtersk Ltd.
According to the company’s comprehensive development strategy, the construction of the conveyor is one of the key measures to further increase of coal production and export shipment from 7.5 Mt/y (as per 2018) to 20 Mt/y by 2022.
The production of the equipment will start in May 2019, and by the end of the year the construction works will commence. First, the vertical levelling of the conveyor path, earthwork operations and foundation arrangement will be done. The construction is scheduled to be finished by 2021. The project’s total costs are pre-evaluated as RUB7.8 billion. EMCO is the project’s investor. In the next four years, EMCO plans to invest a total of around RUB20 billion into the development of coal production and export in the municipal unit territory.
The project is supported by the Federal and regional authorities and is implemented in the mode of the Free Port of Vladivostok. “The main coal conveyor in Uglegorsk Region will be one of the most innovative not only in Russia, but in whole world. The launch of this project will considerably decrease the motorway load in the region and will have a positive impact on the ecology, as it will be ‘closed’ along its entire length. The implementation of the project will create additional high-tech workplaces, largely increase our tax payments into the regional and municipal budgets,” Oleg Misevra, the Board Chairman of EMCO, said.