Mechel Reports Yakutugol Receiving Subsoil Licenses for Research and Extraction of Iron Ore in YakutiaMoscow, Russia – March 12, 2012 – Mechel OAO (NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces receiving subsoil licenses for researching, investigating and extracting iron ore in the Sutamsky area and in the Sivaglinsky deposit, both located in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)’s Neryungri region.
The Sutamsky iron ore area is about 3,300 square kilometers and consists of several promising iron ore deposits. The license area is over 740 square kilometers. Its estimated reserves under Russian standards are 1.35 billion tonnes. Sutamsky ores’ Fe content averages 32-40%. The Sutamsky area is located 210 kilometers south-east of Neryungri.
Mechel is currently mining the Elga coal deposit in southern Yakutia, having recently opened traffic on a railway link from the mine to the Baikal-Amur Mainline. This rail link lies 50 kilometers east of the Sutamsky iron ore region. The area’s significant estimated reserves, its high yield and its proximity to Mechel’s own transport lines make these deposits particularly attractive for development.
The 25-year subsoil license for the Sutamsky iron ore area’s plot cost some 91 million rubles (3 million US dollars*).
The Sivaglinsky deposit is 90 kilometers north of Neryungri and is part of the Southern Aldan iron ore region. Its reserves under Russian standards are about 26.4 million tonnes. Its Fe content averages about 53%. The deposit is located less than 7 kilometers away from a high-voltage line and a railway linked to Baikal-Amur Mainline. The Sivaglinsky deposit’s ores also have a high yield, and most of them can be used in steelmaking without undergoing beneficiation, while the other can be processed using standard technology. A test probe of Sivaglinsky ore is currently being analyzed at the ore research laboratory at Mechel’s Korshunov Mining Plant in the Irkutsk Region.
The Sivaglinsky deposit is 4 kilometers south-west of the Pionerskoye iron ore deposit with Russian-standard reserves of over 137 million tonnes, whose subsoil license Mechel acquired in June 2011. The common industrial site for development of both deposits and their proximity to the railroad will enable significant development cost savings.
The 10-year subsoil license for use of Sivaglinsky reserves cost some 140 million rubles (4.7 million US dollars*).
“Development of the Sutamsky area and the Sivaglinsky iron ore deposit is yet another success for Mechel in implementing the strategy of increasing its resource base. By acquiring subsoil licenses for new major deposits Mechel will in the long run ensure high-quality iron ore for its own use and that of its customers. The proximity of those deposits to the transport infrastructure and electrical grid and with Mechel’s other mining facilities in the area will ensure a powerful synergistic effect and bring down infrastructure costs dramatically when developing those reserves,” Mechel OAO’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Igor Zyuzin noted.
* Based upon the Russian Central Bank exchange rate of 29.54 RUR/$ as of March 12, 2012.
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