Uzbekistan intends to significantly increase coal production within the next two years owing to the modernization of the Shargun deposit in Surkhandarya region

Within the framework of this project, the annual output of hard coal at the field will grow from the current 150,000 tons to 900,000.

China Railway Tunnel Group has already started the implementation of this project. Now, experts from the PRC have to clean up ten old, collapsed old mines with a total length of one and a half thousand meters, and drill 2,227 meters of a tunnel to extract additional volumes of raw materials.

The total cost of the project is estimated at 105.5 million US dollars. The completion of the preparatory and improvement works, as well as the launch of coal mining is projected for the first quarter of 2020. To deliver products from the enterprise Shargunkumir, a new 20-kilometer railway is planned to be laid. At the same time, existing motor highways will be reconstructed.

In addition, the scheme is envisaged to not only to create additional jobs, but also train employees of Shargunkumir, which in the future is anticipated to independently produce coal by means of modern energy-efficient technologies.

In accordance with forecast calculations, the coal reserves at the Shargun field exceed 33 million tons. It is the richest deposit in the nation. Uzbekistan plans to restock the list of leading coal extraction countries. For the time being though, they are China, the United States, India, Germany, Russia, Ukraine. Meanwhile, the project is scheduled to help fully meet Uzbekistan’s demand for coal and increase its export performance.

Worth mentioning that last July, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev decided to pass the country’s coal industry over to Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (Uzbekistan Railways Stock Company). The judgment was motivated by the fact that the current system of coal industry management does not ensure timely and effective implementation of the tasks outlined before the sector.

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