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Coal Prospects in Russia

AUTHOR: Lee B. Clarke
DATE: August 1996

This report considers the prospects for coal production, supply and the use in the Russian Federation. Russian coal production has fallen dramatically since the break up of the former Soviet Union. The energy sector is undergoing major reform as part of the general transitioned economy to an economy that is principally market led. Output has declined as coal demand has decreased. At the same time, productivity has decreased in many coal fields and there is lack of investment in plant and new capacity, However, coal still provides around a fifth of Russia's total primary energy supply and remains a substantial coal producing, consuming, and exporting nation.

Coal output and use are analyzed, considering trends in energy use, electricity demand, and export potential, set against a background of industry restructuring.