On the evening of January 13, at a mine in the Karaganda region of the Kazakh division of the world's largest metallurgical company, ArcelorMittal, gas and coal were released during drilling operations. The drilling crew left the place of work.
The drilling rig operator could not get out of the face.
An emergency response plan has been put into effect, the emergency and rescue service of the Karaganda branch of RCSP VASS LLP is working.
At the time of the incident, 137 workers of the 3rd shift were in the mine, 136 of whom were brought to the surface.
According to the readings of the equipment, the gas situation in the mine workings of the mine returned to normal. Rescue operations are underway.
The Lenin Mine was commissioned in 1964. In 1968 it was merged with the Naklonnaya mine. In 1996, this and a number of other mines, as well as the metallurgical plant in Temirtau, became the property of the company of the billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, originally from India. In December 2020, ArcelorMittal Temirtau reported that the miners of the Lenin mine fulfilled the annual business plan for production ahead of schedule, raising 1.45 million tons of coal.
At least seven fatal accidents have occurred at the Lenin mine since the late 1970s. The biggest one happened in 2006 - then 41 miners died in a methane explosion, seven were injured.