Friday, November 14, 2008
Mechel Announces Contract for Its Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant OAO Subsidiary to Supply Rails to Russian Railways OAO
Moscow, Russia – November 13, 2008 – Mechel OAO (NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces that a contract has been signed between its Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant OAO (CMP OAO) subsidiary and Russian Railways OAO (RZhD OAO) for the supply of rail products. The agreement is in line with the long-term partnership agreement signed between Mechel OAO and RZhD OAO early this year.
Today, November 13, 2008, Russian Railways OAO President Vladimir Yakunin and Mechel OAO Chief Executive Officer Igor Zyuzin signed the contract for Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant OAO to supply rail products to RZhD OAO from 2010 to 2030.
Pursuant to the agreement between RZhD OAO and Mechel OAO signed on February 26, 2008, the total annual supply volume of rail products will be a minimum of 400,000 tonnes following achievement of the rail and structural steel mill’s full production capacity.
The new products will include high quality railroad rails up to 100 meters in length manufactured with the use of state of the art technologies for steel melting, rolling, tempering, straightening, finishing, and rail quality control. Technical solutions will enable manufacturing rails that surpass their world equivalents in a number of key parameters, which are determined by the climate conditions of the rail service in Russia.
As was announced earlier, Mechel will ensure obtaining the necessary certificates for safe use of the rails in the railway system and performing proving-ground tests. In addition, Mechel will work systematically under programs to enhance rail production technology.
To ensure a smooth production process at Mechel’s subsidiaries, RZhD OAO plans to continuously deliver the rolling stock, including its own rail carrying cars, to be used for shipping finished products.
“Signing the contract to supply rail product to RZhD OAO is the next step in implementing our long-term partnership program. To ensure its successful implementation of the program, Mechel collaborates with one of the world leaders – Danieli, Italian manufacturer of equipment, and Minmetals, China’s state-owned industrial corporation. In collaboration with these companies, Mechel is constructing a rail and structural steel mill at its Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant subsidiary and implementing unique technology, unparalleled in Russia, to produce high quality rails that conform to the most stringent requirements set by RZhD OAO. Mechel plans to invest more than US$500 million in the new production development,” Mechel OAO Chief Executive Officer Igor Zyuzin commented.