Vyacheslav Ruksha, Director General of FSUE Atomflot, has revealed that the first consignment of Taimyr coal to be produced by VostokUgol will be despatched on 15 June 2017.

This will be shipped via a 45,000dwt vessel from the specialist coal terminal on the Taimyr peninsula specifically built to handle such flows.

Speaking at the VI International Forum “Arctic: the Present and the Future”, Mr Ruksha stated that, in future, annual shipments from the coal terminal could amount to between 20 million and 30 million tonnes.

The high quality anthracite is being mined by the Arctic Mining Company, which is managed by VostokUgol. Both a railway link from the mine and a dedicated port are being constructed by the company specifically with coal consignments in mind. Despatch will be all year round, with an icebreaker deployed in winter to ensure free movement of vessels and axle heaters to be available to keep coal wagons moving even in the worst winter weather conditions.