The ministry’s data indicated that the production of coal concentrate has fallen 1.5 percent in the nine-month period compared to the corresponding output of the preceding year.
As previously announced by the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO), a total of 1,585,531 tons of crude coal was extracted in the past Iranian year (ending March 19, 2020).
Due to the special conditions of coal mines in Iran, these mines are subject to tax exemption, and miners who need mining machinery can use the facility and tax exemption in this sector to import their necessary machinery.
Currently, Iran’s coal sector provides employment for 17,000 people, however, the capacity of the country’s coal mines is much more than this and development of the mining sector and modernization projects can play an effective role in increasing employment in this sector.
Unofficial data indicate that there are 185 small and large coal mines across the country, of which more than 59 percent are currently active.