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Published: 0131 GMT August 17, 2020

Iran’s quarterly coal concentrate output at 340,000 tons

Iran’s quarterly coal concentrate output at 340,000 tons

Iran produced 340,000 tons of coal concentrate during the first quarter of the current Iranian year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade on Monday.

The figures show that the country produced 355,800 tons of coal concentrate in the same period last year, IRNA reported.

As announced by the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO), the annual production of coal in Iran reached 1.585 million tons the last Iranian year (ending March 19).

The country’s average annual coal concentrate production is about 1.5 million tons, while the country’s current demand has reached two million tons.

The latest statistics by the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade show that there are over 5,600 active mines across the country, of which 115 are coal mines. These coal mines have created 17,000 jobs.

Last year, Iran’s total annual coal extraction capacity and concentrate output were announced to stand at 3.4 million tons and 1.5 million tons, respectively.

Iranian coal mines, with about 1.15 billion tons of reserves, have the capacity to produce up to three million tons of coal concentrate per year.

Former Iranian minister of industry, mine and trade Reza Rahmani said in October 2019 that the ministry is after converting raw materials into products with greater added-value and generating more employment opportunities in the country.

For the first time, he revealed the compilation of a mine and mineral roadmap, adding, “Activation of small-scale mines has been put atop the agenda in the country.”

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