Amasra Coal Mine

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Amasra Coal Mine is a mothballed coal mine in Amasra, Bartin, Türkiye.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Amasra Coal Mine Amasra, Bartin, Türkiye 41.721848, 32.349063 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the coal mine:

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Mothballed[1] 1953

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
0.1[2] Underground Longwall 625 *

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
70 Bituminous Thermal HEMA Amasra power station

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Amasra Taşkömürü Isletme Müessesesi TTK Turkey

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.


The Amasra coal mine is an underground mine, operated by TKK Amasra Taskomuru Isletme Muessesesi, a TTK subsidiary, near Amasra, Bartin, Turkey. The mine is located in the Zonguldak coalfield alongside four other mines, Armutçuk, Kozlu, Üzülmez and Karadon.[3]

Coal mining in Amasra began in 1848, and private enterprises maintained mining activities in the region until 1940. In 1953, mining in the coalfield was nationalized, and the first mine to be built with public capital in Amasra started operations the same year. Between 1953 and 1994 the mine was operated by a series of public companies, and in September 1994 the Amasra İşletme Müdürlüğü (Amasra Operating Directorate) was established under TTK to operate the Amasra mine. In 1998 the Amasra İşletme Müdürlüğü was re-organized as a corporate body and renamed the Amasra Taşkömürü İşletme Müessesesi (Amasra Hard Coal Operating Corporation).[4]

As of 2020, the mine employed 1093 people, of which 974 were designated as laborers, 86 as office workers, 5 as health workers, and 28 as security guards.[3]:45 The same year it was reported that the mine had 385 thousand tons ready reserves, 5.6 million tons proven reserves, 7.7 million tons probable reserves, and 56.6 million tons possible reserves according TTK's categorization.[3]:73 The mine had 6 million tons in proven reserves (ready and proven) and 64.3 million tons in probable reserves (probable and possible). In 2020 the mine produced 116 thousand tons of raw coal, and 46 thousand tons of saleable coal[3]:75

  • Owner: Amasra Taşkömürü İşletme Müessesesi[3]
  • Parent company: TTK[5]
  • Location: Amasra, Bartin, Turkey
  • GPS coordinates:41.721848, 32.349063 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating
  • Start year: 1953
  • Total reserves: 70,299,859 metric tons
  • Proven reserves: 5,990,000 metric tons
  • Probable reserves: 64,309,859 metric tons
  • Production: 46,516 tons
  • Coal type: hard coal[5]
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: underground
  • Production: 500,000 tonnes a year[5]

Mine Explosion

On October 14, 2022, an underground mine explosion occurred at the TKK Amasra Muessese Mudurlugu mine, in the town of Amasra, that left 41 dead and 10 hospitalised. One injured miner had been released from hospital.[6] At the time of the explosion 110 workers were underground,[7] with 49 in the zone between 300 metres and 350 metres below the surface where the explosion is considered to have occurred.[6] The cause was a methane leakage, or "firedamp."[7]

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Report
  4. "Amasra T.İ.M." Türkiye Taşkömürü Kurumnu. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "2019 Minerals Yearbook: Turkey", United States Geological Survey, May 2022, page 47.12
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Turkey coal mine explosion kills 41, injures 11", BBC, October 16, 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Official: 14 dead, 28 hurt after blast in Turkish coal mine, AP News, October 14, 2022