OREANDA-NEWS. June 5, 2012. Mechel JSC  (NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports the visit of Russian Federations Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov to the construction site for Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant JSC s universal rolling mill.

Russian Federations Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Georgy Kalamanov, Director of Russian Industry and Trade Ministrys Basic Industries Department Viktor Semyonov, Director of Russian Industry and Trade Ministrys Strategic Planning Department Nikolai Kuteyev, Chelyabinsk Regions First Deputy Governor Sergei Komyakov, Chelyabinsk Regions Deputy Governors Yuri Klepov and Ivan Feklin, Chelyabinsk Regions Industry and Natural Resources Minister Vladimir Pavlov and other guests visited Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant as part of a working trip.

The chief of Russias industry and trade ministry was accompanied on Mechels side by Mechel JSC s Chairman of the Board of Directors Igor Zyuzin, Mechel-Steel Management LLC s Chief Executive Officer Andrey Deineko and Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plants Managing Director Rashid Nugumanov.

As part of the trip, the delegation visited Mechel Groups chief metallurgical investment project the universal rolling mill. The guests toured the mills first line, including the rail steel producing complex launched early this year. The tour program also included construction of the second line such as the reheating furnace, the universal rolling mill line itself and the auxiliary area where equipment is assembled.

Russian Federations Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov noted after examining the universal rolling mills construction progress:

Mechels launch of a universal rolling mill at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant will enable Russia to set up production of unique long-sized rails for high-speed traffic. They are unique not only because no one in our country currently produces 100-meter rails, but also because their specifics fully fit the climatic and geographical conditions of use for railroads in our country. Today it is very important to use Russian-made rails both in implementing the Strategy for Developing Russias Railroad Transport Until 2030 and in constructing high-speed railroads between cities that take part in the 2018 World Championship. So the project now constructed by Mechel is strategically important for the entire country, it truly has meaning for all of Russia.