Top ten largest coal mines in the world

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The Top ten largest coal mines in the world (ranked by output) are ranked on the table below. Mines are ranked according to most recent actual production, where available. If actual production is not available, ranking is according to published capacity.

Table 1: Top Ten Largest Coal Mines in the World (Ranked by Output in Million tonnes per annum)

Rank Country Mine name Owner Production capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year
1 US North Antelope Rochelle Mine Peabody Powder River Mining Llc (Peabody Energy) 107[1] 2014
2 US Black Thunder Mine Arch Coal 91.8 [2] 2014
3 Indonesia Tabalong coal concession Adaro Indonesia (Adaro Energy) 55.3[3] 2014
4 Indonesia Sangatta coal mine Kaltim Prima Coal (Bumi Resources) 45.5[4] 2013
5 China Huolinhe mine Inner Mongolia Coal Co. 40[5] 43.0[6] 2013
6 Kazakhstan Bogatyr mine Bogatyr Coal, LLP "50 mm tons" (45.4 million tonnes)[7] 40[8][9] 2012
7 Poland Bełchatów coal mine PGE 40-42[10] 40.1[11] 2012
8 Germany Hambach coal mine RWE 40[12] ~40 [13] 2014
9 Germany Garzweiler coal mine RWE 35-40[14] ~37[13] 2014
10 China Daliuta-Huojitu mine Shendong Coal Mine Group (Shenhua Group) 35.8[15] 2014

Table 2: Additional Coal Mines with Annual Output of 25 Million Tonnes or More

Country Mine name Owner Production capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year
India Gevra open cast mine South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) 35[16] 2012-2013
China Zhunneng mine Shenhua Group 34[17] 2013
Colombia Cerrejon mine BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Glencore 40 [18] 34[19] 2014
China Haerwusu mine Shenhua Group 31.45[15] 2014
US Cordero Rojo Mine Cordero Mining Llc 33.3[20] 2013
China Hei Dai Gou mine 31[21]
China Baorixile Energy mine Shenbao Energy Company 30[22]
Australia Loy Yang mine AGL 30 [23]
Indonesia Arutmin mine Bumi Resources 29.6[24] 2013
US Antelope Coal Mine Antelope Coal Llc 28.5[25] 2013

Notes

  • China: Most coal mining in China uses the underground longwall mining technique. It was reported in 2009 that China intended to establish eight to ten large mines with an output of "around 50 Mt" each in the states of Shanxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, and Ningxia.[26] In 2011, Peabody Energy and the province of Xinjiang signed an agreement to develop a 50 mtpa surface mine in Xinjiang.[27]
  • Australia: In Wikipedia's list of coal mines in Australia, the largest mine listed is Morwell, with 20 million tons (18.14 million tonnes) per year.[28]
  • Russia: The largest mine in the country is the newly opened Arshanovsky pit in the Khakassia Republic, which is expected to have a capacity of 10 million tonnes per year.[29]
  • South Africa: Grootegeluk Coal Mine produces 18.8 Mtpa.[30] Matla Coal Mine produces 14 Mtpa.[31]

Articles and resources

References

  1. Peabody Energy, 2014 Annual Report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the year to December 31, 2014, February 2015.
  2. Arch Coal, 2014 10-k Report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the year to December 31, 2014, February 2015, page 14.
  3. Adaro, "Delivering Positive Energy", Adaro Investor Presentation, February 2015, page 15.
  4. "PT BUMI Resources Tbk. Annual Report 2013," Bumi Resources, page 94
  5. "内蒙古霍林河露天煤业股份有限公司," Inner Mongolia Coal Co. 3 November 2011
  6. "2013中国煤炭企业煤炭产量50强名单," Steel360.cn, 17 September 2013
  7. "To Give Coal to the Surface" Bogatyr Coal website, accessed March 2015
  8. "Kazakhstan Prepares to Grow Coal Production," Coal Age, September 2013
  9. The mine reached maximum of 56.8 million tons (51.5 million tonnes) in 1985 but has not been able to sustain that production. See "To Give the Coal to the Surface" at http://www.bogatyr.kz/en/about/history (Bogatyr company website, 28 December 2011
  10. "PGE: Kim jesteśmy," PGE website, accessed March 2015
  11. Euracoal, Poland", Euracoal website, accessed March 2015.
  12. "Hambach opencast mine," RWE, accessed March 2015
  13. 13.0 13.1 RWE, "Facts & Figures 2014", RWE, October 2014, page 48.
  14. "Garzweiler opencast mine," RWE, accessed March 2015
  15. 15.0 15.1 Shenhua Group, "2014 Annual Report", Shenhua Group, March 22, 2015, page 25.
  16. "Area-wise performance during 2012-13," South Eastern Coalfields Limited, accessed March 2015
  17. "内蒙古超三成煤企亏损:黑金变白菜," People.cn, 19 May 201
  18. BHP Billiton, "Expansion of Cerrejon Coal", Media Release, August 18, 2011.
  19. Andrew Willis, "BHP Colombia Mine CEO Seeks Cost Savings Amid Coal Price Slump", Bloomberg, March 20, 2015.
  20. Converted from 36.7 million tons, "Table 9. Major U.S. Coal Mines, 2013," US Energy Information Administration, 2013
  21. "The 10 biggest coal mines in the world," Mining Technology, 21 October 2013
  22. "神华宝日希勒能源有限公司2013年招聘通知," Inner Mongolia University of Finance and Economics, 31 October 2012
  23. AGL, "AGL Loy Yang", AGL website, accessed March 2015.
  24. "PT BUMI Resources Tbk. Annual Report 2013,"
  25. converted from 31.4 million tons, "Table 9. Major U.S. Coal Mines, 2013," US Energy Information Administration, 2013
  26. U. Aswathanarayana, ed., "Energy Portfolios," 2009
  27. James T. Areddy and Simon Hall, "Peabody goes deep in China," Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2011
  28. "Coal in Australia," Wikipedia, accessed March 2015
  29. "Economic boost as Russia's largest coal mine opened in Siberia," The Siberian Times, 14 February 2015
  30. "Grootegeluk," Exxaro, accessed March 2015
  31. "Matla," Exxaro, accessed March 2015

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