V. P. Smagin, P. V. Fedorko, N. P. Fedorko
The article contains general characteristics of coal deposits with a complex structure and the description of traditional mining technologies. Mining conditions of the Cheremkhovskoe hard coal deposit, development technology and quality characteristics of saleable products are discussed. The authors substantiate the ways of saleable coal quality improvement due to the selective mining technology application. The results are also presented of the technology commercial-scale application with Wirtgen Surface Miner. Quality characteristics of coal produced with the Surface Miner and analysis of its operation are included.