Dahna Toor Coal Mine

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Dahna Toor Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Dara-e-Suf, Samangan, Afghanistan.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Dahna Toor Coal Mine Dara-e-Suf, Samangan, Afghanistan 35.7049922455816, 67.312195520882 (approximate)

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Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year

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
0.85[1] Underground Shovel & Spade 494* 602*

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
Subbituminous Thermal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
North Coal Enterprise (NCE)[1] North Coal Enterprise (NCE) Afghanistan

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


Dahna Toor Coal Mine is owned and operated by North Coal Enterprise (NCE) in Afghanistan.[2] The mine is operated by North Coal Enterprises.[2]

According to the Extraction Industry Transparency Initiative:

Established in 1971, North Coal Enterprise (NCE) operates primarily in Baghlan and Samangan Provinces. It operates three active coal mines (Tala O Barfak in Baghlan province, Shabashak and Dan e Tor in Samangan province), and one inactive mine, Abkhorak in Samangan province. NCE also participates actively in trading of coal, with sales of coal purchased from small informal miners accounting for around 95% of NCE’s sales.

The former coal mines of Karkar, Hawza and Baghlan were operated by NCE when it was created (as the Directorate of Northern Coal Enterprise) to take over the operations from a unit of the Ministry of Minerals. After a decline in production during the 1979-2001 period when only the Karkar mines operated, the government has invested through NCE to reinstate production capacity since 2001.

The NCE webpage on the new National Development Corp.’s website provides NCE’s average annual production in the 2015-2020 period as 2bn metric tons of coal.North Coal Enterprise does not have a standalone website and its Facebook page has never been updated.[2]

According to the United States Department of Labor, the coal mining industry in Afghanistan has noticeable incidences of child labor.[3]

  • Operator: North Coal Enterprise (NCE)[2]
  • Owner: North Coal Enterprise (NCE)[2]
  • Location: Dar-l-Suf District, Afghanistan
  • GPS Coordinates: 35.70499225, 67.31219552 (Approximate)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 0.85 mtpa[2]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal type:
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Underground
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 https://eiti.org/summary-data. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, Summary data, Afghanistan Report, accessed January 2021
  3. "List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor".