Aegean coal mines

From Global Energy Monitor
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The Aegean coal mines are a group of underground and surface lignite mines, operated by Ege Linyitleri İşletmesi Müessesesi Müdürlüğü (Aegean Lignite Enterprise), a subsidiary of the TTK, producing 14.2 million tonnes per annum, in Soma, Turkey.[1]

The operating mines include Eynez coal mine (also known as the Soma Mine), and Deniş coal mine.[2]


The map below shows the exact location of the Aegean lignite coal mines in Soma, Turkey. The Eynez mine is on the left, and the Deniş mine is on the right.

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The Aegean lignite coal mines are operated by Ege Linyitleri İşletmesi Müdürlüğü (Aegean Lignite Operations Directorate) or ELI.[1]

In the Soma region, coal mining started in 1913 by private entrepreneurs. Coal mines in Soma were nationalized in 1938, and were operated by the state-owned Etibank. Mine operations were transferred to TKI in 1957. In 1978, ELI was founded under TKI to operate the mines in Soma. [3]

As of March 2021, the ELI had 1459 employees, out of which 1193 were recorded as laborers(işçi), and 266 as office workers(memur).[4]

Project Details

  • Owner: Ege Linyitleri İşletmesi Müessesesi Müdürlüğü (Aegean Lignite Enterprise)[1]
  • Parent company: TTK[1]
  • Location: Soma, Turkey[1]
  • GPS coordinates: 39.083006, 27.539574 (Eynez site), 39.246435, 27.731094 (Deniş site)
  • Mine status: operating[1]
  • Start year: 1913
  • Production: 14.2 MTPA[1]
  • Mineable reserves: 640 MT[1]
  • Coal type: lignite[1]
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: opencast and underground[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Association of British Mining Companies, Turkey Mining Overview,2019.
  2. T.N. Michalakopoulos and G.N. Panagiotou ed., Mine Planning and Equipment Selection 2000, page 806
  3. "Hakkımızda". ELİ. Ege Linyitleri İşletme. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  4. (March 2021) Memur ve Personel Genel Durum . Ege Linyitleri İşletmesi Müdürlüğü. Report.

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