13 June 2019 , metalexpert.com

Coal transportation by rail is reduced in Russia

According to Metal Expert, in January-may, 142 million tons of coal were transported by rail in Russia, which is 11% less than last year. A noticeable decrease in indicators was recorded both in the segment of internal and external deliveries. Within the country, the main change was determined by thermal power plants, the load on which was reduced due to warm weather and increased generation at HPPs.
Export deliveries decreased primarily due to low rates of trade in energy coal, primarily in the European direction. The quarantine regime in many importing countries has also made adjustments to the procurement plans for raw materials and fuel. In January-may, 65.8 million tons of coal were shipped to Russian seaports (unchanged), including 38 million tons (+2%) in the far Eastern region, 21.3 million tons (-6%) in the North – West, and 6.5 million tons (+11%) in the Azov-black sea basin. Two new terminals – Tamansky TNG (Krasnodar territory) and Vera port (Primorye territory) showed a noticeable increase); 3.1 million tons were sent to the first (an increase of 3 times), the second – 1.1 million tons (an increase of 1.8 times). Shipments of Russian coal to foreign ports decreased by 4.3 times, to 1.7 million tons.