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Coal mining in Russia - statistics & facts

Russia has one of the largest coal industries in the world. The country possesses second-largest proven coal reserves after the United States. Production of this fossil fuel is especially developed in Siberia and the Far East. Russia ranks sixth worldwide by coal production and consumption. The coal produced in the country is primarily supplied to power generation, coking, and export trade. Russia is home to several major coal companies, such as Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK), Kuzbassrazrezugol (KRU), and SDS-Ugol.

Russian coal industry modernization

The Russian coal industry is undergoing transformation under a state program until 2035. One of the steps in the Russian coal industry development strategy is opening new mines. As of June 2021, 64 new coal mines were proposed in the country, 12 of which were already under construction. Under the optimistic scenario, the Russia's energy ministry forecast an increase in coal production by 66 percent in 2035 compared to 2020. Other steps involve modernization of infrastructure and employment of deep coal processing. The latter refers to technology that enables production of liquid fuels, coke, and other chemical products from coal. This would enable companies to process coal directly at their sites and increase their earnings by selling processed products.

Russian coal export shift to Asia

As outlined in the state strategy, Russia aspires to become the world's leading coal exporter. In 2019, the country exported the third-largest volume of coal after Indonesia and Australia. Over the past decade, Russia's coal export shipments have increased, and in 2020 they exceeded 200 million metric tons. As European Union (EU) countries reduce their coal consumption and look into using renewable energy sources due to environmental concerns, the Russian coal industry is shifting its export ambitions to Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets — China being the leading destination. Russia is upgrading and expanding the Trans-Siberian and Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM) railroads which carry coal and other commodities for export to Asian countries. For the coal sector, a shift to Asia is considered an opportunity to generate as much revenue from coal exports as possible before the demand for that fossil fuel declines in all global regions.

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Coal mining in Russia - statistics & facts

Russia has one of the largest coal industries in the world. The country possesses second-largest proven coal reserves after the United States. Production of this fossil fuel is especially developed in Siberia and the Far East. Russia ranks sixth worldwide by coal production and consumption. The coal produced in the country is primarily supplied to power generation, coking, and export trade. Russia is home to several major coal companies, such as Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK), Kuzbassrazrezugol (KRU), and SDS-Ugol.

Russian coal industry modernization

The Russian coal industry is undergoing transformation under a state program until 2035. One of the steps in the Russian coal industry development strategy is opening new mines. As of June 2021, 64 new coal mines were proposed in the country, 12 of which were already under construction. Under the optimistic scenario, the Russia's energy ministry forecast an increase in coal production by 66 percent in 2035 compared to 2020. Other steps involve modernization of infrastructure and employment of deep coal processing. The latter refers to technology that enables production of liquid fuels, coke, and other chemical products from coal. This would enable companies to process coal directly at their sites and increase their earnings by selling processed products.

Russian coal export shift to Asia

As outlined in the state strategy, Russia aspires to become the world's leading coal exporter. In 2019, the country exported the third-largest volume of coal after Indonesia and Australia. Over the past decade, Russia's coal export shipments have increased, and in 2020 they exceeded 200 million metric tons. As European Union (EU) countries reduce their coal consumption and look into using renewable energy sources due to environmental concerns, the Russian coal industry is shifting its export ambitions to Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets — China being the leading destination. Russia is upgrading and expanding the Trans-Siberian and Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM) railroads which carry coal and other commodities for export to Asian countries. For the coal sector, a shift to Asia is considered an opportunity to generate as much revenue from coal exports as possible before the demand for that fossil fuel declines in all global regions.

Interesting statistics

In the following 7 chapters, you will quickly find the 48 most important statistics relating to "Coal mining in Russia".

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