Turkey suspended activity of over 1,700 coal mines

Oil&Gas Materials 21 November 2017 14:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 21

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Activity of 1,780 coal mines was suspended in Turkey from August to October this year to strengthen security surveillance in the mines, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources said in a message Nov. 21.

During this period, 6,000 coal mines were inspected, the message said.

It was earlier reported that Turkey will step up security surveillance in coal mines.

All coal mines in Turkey will be classified into three categories – “red”, “yellow” and “blue”.

The “red” category will include coal mines of high risk. These mines will be checked every three months, according to the message.

Turkey has faced a number of mine accidents in recent years.

The most recent worst mine accident in Turkey occurred in the city of Soma on May 13, 2014 leaving 301 people dead and 486 injured. That time, the police detained 25 people over the accident.

In total, there are 740 coal mines in Turkey.


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