Mechel Signs a Long-Term Agreement for Coal Supply to South

Mechel Signs a Long-Term Agreement for Coal Supply to South Korea

  PR Newswire

  MOSCOW, Feb. 20

MOSCOW, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mechel OAO (NYSE: MTL), one of the
leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces that it has signed a
long-term agreement with Hyundai Steel, Korea, to supply coking coal.

The agreement was signed within a visit to South Korea of the Russian
delegation headed by the Russian Federation Vice-Premier Igor Sechin, in which
Mechel OAO Chief Executive Officer Igor Zyuzin also participated.

Pursuant to the agreement, the arrangement was reached for Mechel to deliver
K-9 grade coking coal mined from Neryungri open pit to Hyundai Steel for five
years beginning on April 1, 2010. The planned delivery volume ranges between
100,000 to 300,000 tonnes of coal annually.

The export coal deliveries to South Korea will be performed by Mechel Mining
OAO's subsidiary, Yakutugol OAO.

"South Korean-based companies, including Hyundai Steel, are traditionally
consumers of Yakutian coking coals. The long-term agreement for the delivery
of K-9 grade coking coals will enable Mechel to ensure more sustainable
utilization of Yakutugol's production capacity and to ensure sales as part of
the output from the Elga deposit in the long-term," Mechel OAO Senior Vice
President Vladimir Polin commented.

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, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, hardware,
heat and electric power. Mechel products are marketed domestically and

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: Ilya Zhitomirsky of Mechel OAO, +7-495-221-88-88,
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