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Residents of Novokuznetsk and Osinniki paid last respects Friday to 33 miners killed in an accident in the Ulyanovskaya mine
Residents of Novokuznetsk and Osinniki paid last respects Friday to 33 miners killed in an accident in the Ulyanovskaya mine. Kemerovo region governor Aman Tuleyev was present at the funeral, regional administration officials told Itar-Tass. The body of Ian Malcolm Robertson, an employee of the British company IMC was flown to London earlier in the day, the officials said. The identification of the victims has entered its fourth day. As of now, victims' relatives identified 100 bodies out of 108. The regional commission on assistance to miners' families, which includes lawyers and social services employees continues to work. Meanwhile, the water level has been rising in the shaft where two missing miners may be found, despite the pumping out. At present, rescuers are rigging railing to the shaft in order to bring in more powerful pumps. Thirty-six units of rescuers from Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, and Prokopyevsk are working underground, together with dozens of Ulyanovskaya miners, and electricity network repairs are still underway. On Thursday, 60 miners were buried in Novokuznetsk, Osinniki, and Kiselyovsk. As of now, the bank account for the dead miners' families accumulated 13.6 roubles. The total compensation is 720 million roubles, contributed by the Yuzhkuzbassugol and the regional and municipal budgets. Meanwhile, the unified coalmining company Yuzhkuzbassugol is planning to put the Ulyanovskaya mine into normal operation as of July 1, 2007, the Yuzhkuzbassugol company directorate said on Thursday. It was the worst accident in the Kuzbass coal mining region in the past 60 years. The methane blast at the Ulyanovskaya mine on Monday morning killed 108 workers. The Yuzhkuzbassugol company is the leading Russian coking coal producer. In 2006, the production of coking and power-station coals reached more than 16 million tonnes. In 2007, Yuzhkuzbassugol is planning to increase the coal production by 25 percent to reach 20 million tonnes. The company supplies coal to most leading metallurgical plants in Russia and the CIS countries, which produce coke as a by-product. Steelworks Evraz Group, the West Siberian Metallurgical Plant (ZSMK), Nizhny Tagil Iron and Steel Works (NTMK) and the Novokuznetsk Metallurgical Plant (NKMK) are the largest Yuzhkuzbassugol consumers. The company incorporates 24 enterprises, including nine coalmines, two dressing mills and several specialized auxiliary enterprises. Yuzhkuzbassugol’s share in the overall coal production in Russia makes 6-7 percent with coking coal accounting for 75 percent of the output. Evraz Group owns a 50-percent stake in Yuzhkuzbassugol, the Yuzhkuzbassugol directorate owns another 50-percent stake.
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