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Sunday, 28 August 2016

URA! Today is Miner’s Day!

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Miner’s Day 28 August 2016… the last Sunday of August is the professional holiday of our courageous miners; people whose hard work is the key to successful economic development. For more than half a century, Russia and other former Soviet republics celebrated Miner’s Day, paying tribute to the selfless work of the glorious army of thousands of miners. Coalmining has been one of the key sectors of the Russian economy, providing fuel for both business and ordinary people. The quantity and quality of the extracted coal will affect the heat in our apartments this winter, not only locally, but also throughout the country. Miner’s Day officially began in the USSR with a proposal by coal industry officials A F Zasyadko and D G Onika on 10 September 1947. The first Miner’s Day celebration was 29 August 1948. The name that probably comes to mind in talking about miners is A G Stakhanov. On 31 August 1935, Stakhanov, thanks to the special organisation of the job, set a record… in 5 hours 35 minutes he extracted 102 tonnes of coal… 14 times the norm. Since that time, we’ve seen the words “Stakhanovite”, “Stakhanov movement”, and ” Stakhanovite work”. For coal-mining towns and districts such as Inta, Karaganda, Donetsk, Kemerovo, and Novokuznetsk, Miner’s Day is an important holiday and they celebrate it with concerts and folk festivals. In Kemerovo Oblast, well-known music groups and other folk artists come to perform on this holiday. The celebration traditionally ends with fireworks. Today, coalminers celebrate Miner’s Day in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Ukraine, and Belarus. I sincerely greet all workers in the extractive industry on their holiday. Thanks to your work, courage, and professionalism, our homes have warmth and comfort.

28 August 2016




Tuesday, 15 September 2015

DNR Resumed Limited Coal Deliveries to the Ukraine on a Barter Basis

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Today, DNR Transport Minister Semyon Kuzmenko told us that the DNR resumed limited supply of coal to the Ukrainian enterprise DTEK in exchange for electricity from Zuevskaya TES:

We restored supplies to DTEK in return for electricity from Zuevskaya TES… it’s a kind of barter. Zuevskaya TES suffered problems because it used a coal (“G”) not mined in the DNR. DTEK Pavlogradugol is the normal supplier of coal to the Zuevskaya TES, but it can’t get DNR anthracite coal to supply to its customers. DTEK made an advance payment, so, we sent the first batch of anthracite coal in 100-150 goods wagons. The DNR has to barter to serve its own interests. To avoid damage to our energy infrastructure, we’re doing this. We don’t act like the Ukraine, which does harm to itself. We’re now negotiating over trade in coal with other Ukrainian enterprises.

14 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Monday, 14 September 2015

DNR Scientists Introduced Technology to Extract Coal Products from Sludge Collection Basins

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Specialists at Donetsk National Technical University (DonTU), together with UkrVibroMash technicians, developed revolutionary technology for Donbass coal mining enterprises to enable them to recycle resources. This will allow them to recycle coal products from waste sludge in water purification facilities at central processing plants, as this sludge has up to 40 percent coal slurry. Sergey Bukin, Tenured Professor of enrichment at DonTU, one of the researchers, told us:

We based it on vibration technology. We put a special unit into a settling pond to separate sludge, with the help of vibrating screens and separators, to isolate the coal products in it. The ash content of the concentrate after enrichment can be from 5 to 20 percent, we can use it both in power plants and in coke production. In just one hour, such a unit can process up to 50 tonnes of carbon-containing wastes, which now are sources of recycled resources. Sludge collection basins require substantial funds for maintenance and they occupy hundreds of hectares of usable space. With the development of this new technology, the Donbass benefits not only from new energy resources, but also solves a number of important environmental issues.

Currently, there are 80 sludge collection basins in the Donbass at central processing plants. They contain more than 70 million tonnes of waste sludge, previously considered contaminated toxic substances. In recent years, developments at sludge pit operations at the Samsonovskaya, Krasnodonskaya, and Belorechenskaya plants in the LNR have already brought improvements [in the environmental field]. In future, researchers plan to introduce processing to recycle nonferrous and noble metals in the sludge.

13 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

DNR Blocked Coal Shipments to the Ukraine until the Junta Lifts Its Blockade of Fuel and Spare Parts

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DNR Transport Minister Semyon Kuzmenko told us:

Now, we’re blocking coal supplies to the Ukraine; we have stringent conditions [to resume shipments]. The situation is now critical in the Ukraine; they need 1.2 million tonnes of coal from us per month. We’d only deliver it if they lifted their blockade of fuel and spare parts for railway wagons and locomotives, and if they ceased firing [on our trains]. Until they meet these conditions, we aren’t going to ship any coal to the Ukraine. At present, we’re only able to use a third of the locomotives that we need for our economy; we need to increase our capacity for our needs. With the removal of their blockade on fuel and spare parts, the DNR would be able to bring enough locomotives into the economy within two months.

The Ukraine terminated fuel shipments to the DNR on 27 June, since then, DNR railroad operations have depended on the remaining stocks of POLs*.

  • POL: Petroleum, Oil, Lubricants

8 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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