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Japan is interested in Sakhalin coal
Sakhalin coal interested Japan, the country intends to significantly increase its import. Representatives of JFE Techno-Research Co. Ltd, the state-owned Japanese corporation for oil, gas and metallurgy, met with specialists from coal mining companies and ministries of the Sakhalin Region.
The head of the technical research department of the corporation Nobufumi Inada said that Russian coal ranks third in Japanese imports after Australia and Indonesia — about 11 million tons from 175 million tons. The accident at Fukushima has led to the need for the re-activation of coal-fired CHP plants. Increasing the supply of solid fuels has become an inevitable need for the Japanese economy. Far Eastern seaports are closest to the Japanese territories, therefore the delivery of Sakhalin coal is the cheapest possible.
Valery Teslik, an adviser to the regional ministry of energy and utilities, told members of the Japanese delegation that the proven coal reserves in the Sakhalin region are about 2,5 billion tons, more than 50% of them are brown coal. Inferred resources are estimated at over 14 billion tons. 7 companies, including 4 large - Vostochnaya Mining Company, Uglegorskugol, Gornyak-1, Managing Coal Company, conduct coal mining on Sakhalin. By 2020, coal mining on Sakhalin is planned to increase to more than 5 million tons of coal per year, but “everything will depend on the needs of customers.” He also added that the best coals need to be mined underground, and almost all the mines in the region have long been closed.