Darkov coal mine

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Darkov Coal Mine was an underground coal mine in Stonava, Moravian-Silesian, Czech Republic.[1]

The mine, which was operated by OKD (Ostrava-Karviná doly), closed in 2021 as it was no longer profitable.[2]


The satellite image below shows the exact location of the now-closed mine.

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OKD operated the mine, which is owned by New World Resources, a publicly listed company. Mining activity has even taking place in the area since the mid 1800s. The mine was first named the Darkov mine in the 1950s. The mine used underground long wall techniques and had a maximum depth of 1,011 metres.[1]

OKD's parent company, New World Resources, has filed for insolvency and it is expected that the mining operations of OKD, including Darkov mine, will be closed following the completion of the petition.[3]


In 2010, a mine quake led to one fatality and one hospitalisation. The accident occurred 800 metres below ground, two miners were involved.[4]


On February 23, 2021, miners took out the symbolic last cart of coal from the Darkov Mine.[2] Following the mine's termination, it was handed over to the state company Diamo for mine mitigation work.[2][5]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Ostrava-Karviná doly (OKD a.s.)[1]
  • Owner: Ostrava-Karviná doly (OKD a.s.)
  • Location: Stonava, Moravian-Silesian, Czech Reuplic[1]
  • Coordinates: 49.83004269, 18.52566327 (Exact)
  • Status: Permanently Closed
  • Production: 1.65 million tonnes per annum (2020)[6]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 8.65 million tonnes (2020)[6]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal & Met)
  • Mine Type: Underground (Longwall)
  • Start Year: 1972[7]
  • Closure Year: 2021[2]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 OKD, "The Karvina Mine", OKD website, Accessed May 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Důl Darkov a Důl ČSA končí: Horníci vyvezou poslední vozík a pak už jen 'zdař bůh'", Blesk.cz, 17 February 2021.
  3. OKD, "New World Resources Suspends Shares on the London Stock Exchange", OKD website, Accessed May 2021
  4. New World Resources, "Fatality at Darkov Mine", NWR website, Accessed May 2021
  5. "Branch Darkov", Diamo website, accessed May 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 New World Resources, "Darkov Mines", NWR website, Archived from the original on 14 May 2021, Accessed May 2023
  7. Brian Donnelly, "Edinburgh energy storage firm to test tech in Czech mine", Edinburgh News & Herald, Accessed May 2023.

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