Bazhanova Coal Mine

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Bazhanova Coal Mine (Шахта імені В. М. Бажанова) is a mothballed coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Bazhanova Coal Mine Donetsk, Ukraine 48.344165, 39.658057 (exact)

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

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Mothballed[1] Mothballed after 2011 accident 1957[2] 2011

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
1[3] Underground 1322[4] *

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
72.4[5] 2006[5] Bituminous Thermal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Makeevugol State Enterprise[6] Ministry of Energy of Donetsk People's Republic Russia

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


Bazhanov coal mine (Шахта імені В. М. Бажанова) is an underground coal mine located in Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. The Bazhanov mine holds one of the largest coal reserve in Ukraine with estimated reserves of 58.7 million tonnes of coal.[7] The annual coal production is around 1.02 million tonnes.

July 2011 Mining Accident

On 29 July 2011, an elevator collapse killed 11 miners and seriously injured four others.[8][9][10] Hundreds of workers were evacuated from other areas of the mine.[11] The president of Ukraine ordered a government investigation.[12] Ukraine's Prime Minister attributed the accident to "negligence" and estimated that it would take 16 months to repair damage to the mine.[10] Earlier that same day, Ukraine had experienced another fatal coal-mining accident due to an explosion in the Suhodolskaya-Vostochnaya coal mine.[11][13]

Operations after the accident were suspended. As of November 2012, the mine was still closed but the government launched a refurbishment program with a view to sell the mine later. About 1,500 workers were still employed to maintain the integrity of the mine while about the same number lost their jobs after the accident.[14]

According to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, most Donbas region mines were seized by Russians and pro-Russian rebels in late 2014 and many have endured electricity shortages and flooding ever since. Many are likely non-operational and on hiatus.[15]

The mine is listed as on the website of Makeevugol, in "water removal mode". Makeevugol is now a state-owned entity of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic. A media source from January 2023 referred to the possibility to restore the mine if there's an investor. [16]

  • Owner: Makeevugol State Enterprise
  • Parent Company: Ministry of Energy of Donetsk People's Republic
  • Location: Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
  • GPS Coordinates: 48.344165, 39.658057
  • Status: Mothballed
  • Production Capacity: 1.02 mtpa[14]
  • Workforce Size:
  • Mineable Reserves: 58.7 million tonnes
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Underground[17]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:


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  7. "Coal mine methane in Ukraine" (PDF). January 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  8. "TWO MINING TRAGEDIES IN UKRAINE LEAVE 18 DEAD & 20 MISSING". AGI News. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  9. "Elevator collapse kills one, injuries 8 in east Ukrainian mine". Xinhua. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 34 killed, 6 injured in mining accidents, Ukrainian Journal, 31 July 2011
  11. 11.0 11.1 Maria Danilova (27 July 2011). "18 killed in 2 mine accidents in Ukraine". Google News. Associated Press. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  12. President instructs investigation of Bazhanova coal mine accident Template:Webarchive, Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych, 30 July 2011
  13. New Ukraine coal mine explosion as safety review launched,, August 4, 2011
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Чего боятся горняки?". November 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. Yulia Abibok, Ukraine’s Coal Industry in Crisis, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, January 22, 2021
  16. "В МАКЕЕВКЕ 🅉 ДОНЕЦК | ДНР | СВОДКИ С ФРОНТА 19 Jan 2023". January 2023. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help); line feed character in |title= at position 44 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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