KRASNOYARSK, July 17 - RAPSI. The Krasnoyarsk Territory Commercial Court has adjourned until August 13 its proceedings in the state property regulator's lawsuit over the ownership of a land plot intended for a ferroalloy plant.

"The court has requested more evidence from the parties and involved the Federal Registration Services local branch as a third party," a source told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/

The ChEK.SU-VK mining and metallurgical company was expected to construct the Yenisei ferroalloy plant near the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. However, the local authorities denied to provide the company with a construction permit on October 11, 2011, arguing that the documents submitted by the company contradict the effective environmental impact regulations.

Krasnoyarsk citizens held several large protest rallies last autumn against the plant's construction. People fear the new facility may worsen the environmental conditions in the area. Protesters collected over 150,000 signatures against the construction. The regional authorities finally decided to suspend the project and to hold public consultations in February 2012.

ChEK.SU-VK is based in the Kemerovo Region. It explores the Usinskoye manganese field. The field is one of the largest in Russia with proven reserves of 98.5 million metric tones.