Coal, coal concentrate production in Kazakhstan up by 6%
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 31
By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:
Last year, the production of coal and coal concentrate in Kazakhstan reached 117.8 million tons, which is 6 percent more than in the same period of 2017, Trend reports citing EnergyProm.kz.
Coal mining is concentrated in two key regions: Pavlodar (70.3 million tons, 60 percent share) and Karaganda (39.1 million tons, 33 percent) regions.
Of the total coal and coal concentrate production, lignite accounted for only 5.5 percent (6.4 million tons), while bituminous coal accounted for 91.1 percent (107.3 million tons). The main share of coal mining, 81 percent, accounted for thermal coal (87 million tons), and only 10 percent was coked coal (10.8 million tons).
It should be noted that the main miner of thermal coal in Kazakhstan is Bogatyr Komir. The company is one of the largest open-pit coal producers in the world, with its balance reserves of 2.75 billion tons.
The production capacity of the enterprise is 42 million tons of coal per year. With the current capacity, coal reserves will be enough for at least 70 years of mining.
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