Mechel Reports Resumption Of Mining At Mechel Bluestone Mining Facilities

MOSCOW, Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports the resumption of work at several of Mechel Bluestone's (West Virginia, USA) mining facilities. Mechel Bluestone is part of the Group's mining division.

Due to decreased coal inventories, Mechel decided to resume open-pit mining at some of Mechel Bluestone's facilities — Justice Energy and Dynamic Energy mining complexes. The complexes are due to produce some 135,000 tonnes a month.

Mining at these Mechel Bluestone facilities was temporarily halted in late October 2012 due to an accumulation of coal inventories. Mechel Bluestone's washing plants continued operating and all obligations under pre-existing contracts were met in full.

The company will resume mining at other Mechel Bluestone facilities as market conditions warrant.

Mechel is one of the leading Russian companies. Its business includes four segments: mining, steel, ferroalloy and power. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, nickel, ferrochrome, ferrosilicon, steel, rolled products, hardware, heat and electric power. Mechel products are marketed domestically and internationally.

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Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Mechel, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not intend to update these statements. We refer you to the documents Mechel files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in our Form 20-F, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the achievement of anticipated levels of profitability, growth, cost and synergy of our recent acquisitions, the impact of competitive pricing, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and licenses, the impact of developments in the Russian economic, political and legal environment, volatility in stock markets or in the price of our shares or ADRs, financial risk management and the impact of general business and global economic conditions.
CONTACT: Mechel OAO         Pavel Taran         Tel: + 7 495 221-88-88         pavel.taran@mechel.com

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