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September 2018, No. 88


Tabas Coal Mines Complex 

Omid Fallah, Managing Director of Tabas Coal Mines Complex

Tabas Coal Mines Complex, as an affiliate of Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) was established with an aim of providing the coal needs of the country.

By preparing the grounds for investment, job opportunities and transfer of technical knowhow, technology and modern mineral and industrial methods, the complex is considered among the priorities of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.

Among the most important aims of the complex reference can be made to the maximum use of the potential and reserves of coking and thermal coke, explorations, attracting domestic and foreign investors and developing infrastructures. It is hoped that the achievement of the mentioned goals will prepare the ground for the reduction of imports, complete the steel value chain and lead to self-sufficiency and realization of the targets of the Resistance Economy. 

Location and Status in Terms of Importance

The Tabas coal field with an area of over 30,000 square kilometers and exploration deposit of 6 billion tons of coking and thermal coal is the richest and largest coal field in Iran which is extended in Parvadeh, Nayband, Abdughi and Mazino regions. In recent years (1985 to 2018), IMIDRO in an effort to develop and exploit the existing reserves took measures for exploring and developing infrastructures, mainly in the Parvadeh region. The discovered coal deposits are of two types of coking and thermal coal. 

Reserve of Different Blocks of Tabas Coal Field

Tabas coal reserve is more than 6 billion tons of coking and thermal coal which is considered the richest and largest coal zone in Iran. In terms of definite reserves of the region, it encompasses 69% of coking coal and 99% of thermal coal and in total 75% of the total definite coal reserves of Iran. In the figure below importance of this region in comparison with other regions is totally noticeable.

It is expanded in four regions:

  • Parvadeh region, located 75 km south of Tabas with 1,100 million tons of discovered definite and probable coking coal

  • Mazino region, located 85 km west of Tabas, with 1,400 million tons of discovered definite and probable thermal coal (anthracite)

  • Nayband region, located 200 km southeast of Tabas, with 220 million tons of discovered definite and probable coking coal

  • Abdughi region, located 300 km southwest of Tabas, with thermal coal deposits under discovery 

The definite coal reserves of Iran

Operational Plans

Currently in Parvadeh region several plans are under implementation;

  •  In Block 3 of Parvadeh 4 of Tabas, a project is currently underway by the Chinese CMC contractor for the design, preparation and equipping the coal mine with an aim of extracting 750,000 tons of coking coal annually from the 44 million tons resources. It is also notable that the project is financed by China.

  • In Block 4 of Parvadeh 4 of Tabas, design, preparation, equipping and extracting about 8.7 million tons of geological reserves of raw coal is in progress with the cooperation of Saman Faraz Qeshm Company.

  • In Block 1 of East Parvadeh, the project for the equipment, preparation and extraction of the mine with the reserve of about 50 million tons of coal has been launched with the purpose of producing at least 150,000 tons of concentrate per year.

  • In Blocks 2 and 3 of East Parvadeh, too, investment, design and construction of a coal mill with the annual production capacity of 400,000 tons of coal concentrate are underway along with equipment, preparation and extraction of the mine.

  • In zones 6, 7 and 8 of Parvadeh 1, annual extraction of 300,000 tons of raw coal is in progress with the cooperation of Pouyesh Ma’aden Company of Esfahan Steel Company. 

Employment statistics of the aforementioned projects have been estimated in the following table: 

Manpower employment

Construction

Exploitation

Direct

Indirect

Blocks  2 and 3 of East Parvadeh

500

1500

4500

Block 3 of Parvadeh 4

500

1000

3000

Block 1 of East Parvadeh

300

800

2400

Block 4 of Parvadeh 4

150

500 

1500

Total

1,450

3,800 

11,400

 Projects Underway (Investment Potentials)

With regard to the discoveries made so far, several plans have the potential to become operational in the near future which are outlined and explained as follows:

  • Plan to equip mines in blocks 1 and 2 of North Kouchekali with an aim of extracting 300,000 tons of thermal coal annually with the forecast of over 100 million euros needed for investment

  • Plan to equip mines in blocks 1 and 2 of South Kouchekali with an aim of extracting 350,000 tons of thermal coal annually with the forecast of over 100 million euros needed for investment

  • Plan to equip mines in blocks 1, 2 and 3 of Mazino region with an aim of annual extraction of 500,000 tons of thermal coal with the forecast of over 100 million euros needed for investment

  • Plan to equip mines in Parvadeh 2 and 3 and construction of a coal washing plant with an aim of producing 500,000 tons of coal concentrate annually with a forecast of over 150 million euros needed for investment

  • Plan to implement infrastructural projects in Parvadeh with an aim of providing 55 MW of electricity and 256 l/s of water with the forecast of over 50 million euros needed for investment

Tabas Coal Mines Complex

Address: Second floor, No. 154, Taleghani Street, Tehran, Iran

Tel.: (+98) 021 88318617-8

Fax: (+98) 021 88318619

Web: tabascoalmines.com

E-mail: info@tabascoalmines.com

 

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