VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2012) - EastCoal Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ECX) (the "Company" or "EastCoal") is pleased to announce that the commissioning of the new wash plant at the Menzhinsky Coal Mine in Ukraine ("Menzhinsky Mine") is complete. The wash plant is currently ramping up to full production, which is expected to take until the end of October. At this time, it is expected that the wash plant will be processing in excess of 175,000 tonnes of waste material per month.
There is strong demand for coal in Ukraine and all of the Company's existing production is currently sold to a local buyer. The coal expected from the wash plant will also be sold domestically and, as a result, the Company is not reliant on export markets for the sale of its coal.
The Company is also pleased to announce that, as a result of the Company's focus on Eastern Europe combined with anticipated investor interest from the United Kingdom, it is preparing to apply for admission to AIM in London. The application is expected to be completed by the end of November, however the Company cannot guarantee that the application will be successful.
The Company's board has extensive experience with the markets in London and three of the Company's directors were either directors or officers of Western Coal Corp., which, prior to its acquisition by Walter Energy Inc., was the largest company, by market capitalization, quoted on AIM.
By Order of the Board,
John Byrne, Chairman
About EastCoal Inc.
EastCoal Inc. is currently producing coking coal from its 100% owned Menzhinsky mine and developing its 100% owned Verticalnaya anthracite mine.
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