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Belon Group: Performance Results for 6 Month Period

August 2008.

According to the performance results for the first six months of 2008, Belon Group achieved a significant increase in coal preparation and sales compared to the similar period of the last year.

In the reported period, the volume of metallurgical coal and sludge preparation at the Belovskaya central coal preparation plant increased by 20% to reach 2,671,000 tn, with the share of the Group’s own coals amounting to 1,369,000 tons, which exceeds the respective figures of January-June 2007 by 38%. The plant produced 1,949,000 tn of metallurgical coal concentrate, which is 20% more than the respective index of the previous year. The preparation goal for 2008 is to prepare 6 mln tn of raw coal, with the share of the Group’s own coals being 3,600,000 tn, whereas the coal concentrate production will amount to 4,3 mln tn.

Starting from the beginning of 2008, all steam coal produced at the Company’s facilities is prepared at the Listvyazhnaya coal preparation plant, the new facility launched by Belon Group. In the first half of the year, after finishing the technological equipment testing, the plant reached the estimated daily bank coal preparation capacity of 18,000 tn. In the first six month of 2008, the Listvyazhnaya coal preparation plant demonstrated the following performance: 1,261,000 tn of steam coal were prepared, 1,062,000 tn of low-ash high calorific steam coal concentrate were produced. Belon’s plans for 2008 is to prepare 5 mln tn of bank steam coal and to get 4 mln tn of concentrate.

Therefore, in the first half of 2008, the total amount of Belon Group’s coal deliveries to the consumers exceeded 3 mln tn, which is 21% more than the respective index of the previous year. The total revenues from selling coal products amounted to RUB 7.9 bln (apr. $330 mln), thus showing a 2.5-fold increase compared to the corresponding figure of the previous year.
Such increase in coal preparation was backed up by ongoing proactive investments of Belon Group in the development of the in-house production facilities. The total amount to be invested in 2008 in achieving the set goals is RUB 4.55 bln (apr. $190 mln). Within the first six months of 2008, the amount of RUB 2.456 bln (apr. $100 mln)have already been tied up, Belon Group's press-service reports.



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