The figures show that the two companies of Tabas Parvadeh Coal Company and Central Alborz Coal Company produced 456,780 tons of coal concentrate in the same period last year, imidro.gov.ir reported.
The report added that 157,641 tons of coal concentrate were produced by the companies during October 22-November 20, indicating a 42 percent rise compared to the corresponding figure of preceding year which was 84,657 tons.
As announced by the IMIDRO, the annual production of coal in Iran reached 1,585,000 tons in the past Iranian year (ended March 19).
The country’s average annual coal concentrate production is about 1.5 million tons, while the country’s current demand has soared to 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 value-added 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.”