El Maghara coal mine

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El Maghara mine is an underground coal mine in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.[1]

As of 2022, is the only operating mine in Egypt.[2]

Location

The satellite photo below shows the location of the El Maghara coal mine, located about 250 km northeast of Cairo and 50 km south of Sinai Mediterranean coast near El Hassana, North Sinai Governorate, Egypt[3][4]

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Background

According to a 2002 study, "The El-Maghara coal mine is the only producing coal mine in Egypt. It is located in the middle of the Sinai desert about 250 km north-east of Cairo, where a coal-fired power plant is intended to be built."[3]

In 2022, the government announced it planned to end coal in Egypt prior to Cairo’s hosting of the COP27. Yet it remains mainly contingent on the availability of alternative sources of energy for coal-based industries, as well as on firm decisions to close huge coal-based factories.[2]

Project Details

  • Owner: Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority (EMRA)[5]
  • Parent company: Egyptian government[5]
  • Location: El Hassana, North Sinai Governorate, Egypt[3]
  • GPS coordinates:30.706731, 33.3816866[3]
  • Mine status:Operating[4]
  • Start year: 1967 [6]
  • Mineable reserves: 34 million tons[2]
  • Coal type: bituminous[5]
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: Underground[4]
  • Production: .0125 million ton per annum[4]
  • Additional proposed production: expected to reach 0.6 million tons per annum[6]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:

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References

  1. Angela Boskovitch Photo Essay: Fighting for Creative Cinema Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 11, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ayah Aman,Egyptian coal factory shuts down in lead-up to COP27, AI Monitor, September 21, 2022
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Amer HA1, Shawky S, Hussein MI, Abd el-Hady ML. Radiological study of exposure levels in El Maghara underground coal mine. National Center for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control, Atomic Energy Authority, Aug 4, 2002
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 N.A.A.Edressa, R.Abdel-Fatah Fuel analyses and rank determination of the Egyptian Maghara main coal seam, north central Sinai, Egypt Egyptian Journal of Petroleum, December 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Government approves operation of El Maghara coal mine: officia Cairo Post May 14, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nawal Sayed Sisi calls on all Egyptians to take part in developing Sinai Egypt Today, Feb 27 2018

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