The figures show that the country produced 1,095,000 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 1,585,000 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 1.1 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.”