Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russian Federation

Elga is one of the world’s largest deposits of high-quality coking coal. Elga’s JORC reserves amount to approximately 2.2 billion tonnes. Elga is located in south-eastern Yakutia, some 415 kilometers east of Neryungri. The deposit’s reserves lie in thick, up to 17 meters, low-angle seams with low-thickness capping.

Mining at the deposit was launched in 2011. In the same year transport began at the 321-kilometer railway built by Mechel, which links the deposit with Baikal-Amur Mainline. This is Russia’s only private project of such scale in the transport sphere.

The Elga coalfield allows open-cut mining, which is much cheaper, safer and more efficient than underground mining as it can be conducted by high-capacity excavators.

On the Russian metallurgical coal market, Elga’s coals are rare and valuable. The deposit contains high-volatile, highly fluid coals with low sulphur, nitrogen and phosphorus content and high calorific value.

The Elga project's first phase includes construction of a mining facility with an annual capacity of 11.7 million tonnes of coal.

In June 2016, Mechel closed the deal on selling 49% share in the Elga coking coal deposit development project to Gazprombank AO.