Mechel OAO Announces the Commissioning of Its New Mining and Processing Plant at the Voskhod Chrome Ore Deposit

Mechel OAO Announces the Commissioning of Its New Mining and Processing Plant at the Voskhod Chrome Ore Deposit

Today, the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, officially opened Mechel’s mining and processing plant at the Voskhod chrome ore deposit in the Aktyubinsk Region, Kazakhstan. The official opening ceremony took place during the exhibition held as part of a Forum for the leaders of the border regions of Russia and Kazakhstan in Aktyubinsk, Kazakhstan, attended by the Presidents of both countries.

The commissioning of the mining and processing plant means that this major Russian and Kazakhstan investment project has been successfully implemented. Voskhod Chrome is Mechel OAO’s subsidiary in Kazakhstan. Mechel acquired it in May 2008 from Oriel Resources Plc (UK), whose key shareholders included Russian and international investors.

The Voskhod deposit’s approved reserves amount to 19.5 million tonnes of high grade rich ore. Upon reaching the plant’s designed capacity, the annual mined output from the deposit will total 1,300,000 tonnes of chromite ores, which will be used to produce 950,000 tonnes of chrome concentrate, one third of which will be consumed by Mechel’s Tikhvin Ferroalloy Smelting Plant. The remaining volume will be marketed in Russia and internationally.

Mechel OAO Chief Executive Officer Igor V. Zyuzin, who attended the ceremony of commissioning the mining and processing plant, commented: “This project, which has been recognized by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in its “30 Corporate Leaders of Kazakhstan” program, is in keeping with Mechel’s commitment to the development of its ferroalloy division and the expansion of its raw material base. The new mining and processing plant’s operations and the development of the Voskhod deposit will generate economic growth for both Russia and Kazakhstan, develop their bilateral trade, and increase their mutual investments. The deposit is mined utilizing the underground method, and the process of mining, roadway support, and raising ore from the mines is completely automated, making it highly efficient and ensuring high yields of the mined mineral products. The project will create about 500 new jobs, and will also contribute to development of the social and economic infrastructure of Kazakhstan’s Aktyubinsk Region. The cost of the mining and processing plant construction totaled US$250 million. The annual sales volume of the project will be approximately US$500 million.”

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

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