The socio-economic situation in Neryungri and Neryungri district as a whole began to change for the better with the arrival of ‘Kolmar’ Coal Mining Company and the creation of ‘South Yakutia’ Advanced Special Economic Zone (ASEZ). Egor Borisov, the head of Yakutia, announced this on October 18, SAKHA National Broadcasting Company reports.
"Previously, people of Neryungri and Neryungri district were depressed, the production was declining, and there was an outflow of population. But with the advent of ‘Kolmar’ the situation is changing for the better. It is most important. There is a multiplier effect from this project," said Egor Borisov.
According to the head of the region, the creation of the ‘South Yakutia’ ASEZ also removes the psychological and moral burden - the main problem of single-industry cities. "From this point of view, this problem for Neryungri and the region no longer exists," the head of the republic said.
‘South Yakutia’ ASEZ will ensure the creation of at least 2,737 jobs; attract more than 29 billion rubles of private investment. Total revenues to the consolidated budget from taxes and fees, including tax benefits for the period from 2016 to 2025 will amount to more than 28 billion rubles. The contribution from the implementation of projects being realized within the framework of ‘South Yakutia ASEZ will amount to 254.7 billion rubles in the gross regional product of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). To date, the structure of ‘South Yakutia’ ASEZ includes four residents.
In September of this year, ‘Kolmar’ General Director Sergei Tsivilev, said that by 2021 Yakutia intends to become the world leader in the volume of coking coal exports. "By 2021 the capacity of our enterprises will allow processing up to 20 million tons of raw coal per year. The bulk of the concentrate will be supplied to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including China and Japan. Today we export up to 50% of our products," he said.