Mechel develops its cooperation with the Republic of Karelia

Mechel develops its cooperation with the Republic of Karelia

Moscow, Russia – March 15, 2005 – Mechel (NYSE: MTL) announces signing of a new cooperation agreement with the Republic of Karelia, where its Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant is located.

Mechel’s Chairman of the Board Igor Zyuzin met yesterday with the Governor of the Republic of Karelia, Sergey Katanandov. The new agreement will develop the existing partnership between Mechel and the Republic of Karelia and provide further growth of the economic potential of Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant, increasing its efficiency and the implementation of social programs.

Both parties expressed their mutual satisfaction with the results of cooperation achieved since 2002, when the previous cooperation agreement was signed. Both parties noted their interaction in restoration of Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant that experienced a fire last December. Production was completely resumed at the plant in mid-January, and pre-fire production volumes were reached this month.

Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant is one of Mechel’s primary hardware producers. Along with Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant, hardware products are also manufactured at Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant, Izhstal, Mechel Campia Turzii, Mechel Targoviste, and Mechel Nemunas. Mechel’s consolidated hardware output in 2004 totaled 592.7 thousand tons, an increase of 27.1% over 2003.

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Mechel Steel Group OAO
Irina Ostryakova
Director of Communications
Phone: 7-095-258-18-28
Fax: 7-095-258-18-38
irina.ostryakova@mechel.com

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Mechel Steel Group is a Russian metals and mining company, uniting producers of steel, rolled products, hardware, coal, iron ore concentrate, and nickel. Mechel Steel Group products are marketed domestically and internationally.

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