1 Large Coal Mine of Kazakhstan

Large Coal Mine of Kazakhstan

Posted on July 16, 2013 by team

Coal mine “Molodezhny” is located not far from Karaganda, Kazakhstan. It’s the largest coal mine in the Karaganda region. They extract 7 000 000 tons annually.

There used be endless steppe here.

Today there is a huge mine here, coal has been extracted nonstop for thirty years already. They say that there is enough coal for fifty years more.

Coal bearing formation of the deposit includes three layers, their summarized thickness is 44,5 meters.  The coal of all layers is very ashy (40% of ash), hard-cleaning. Its combustion value is not very high.

Rated capacity of the mine is 10 000 000 tons a year.

BelAZ trucks are used for coal transportation, their carrying capacity is 130 tons.

Excavators they use are rather big too. This one, for example, can shovel up to twelve tons of coal at once.

The man seems to be tiny next to the vehicle.



1150 employees are working at the mine today including those who deal with the social issues. A shift lasts for eleven hours. 70% of all workers are locals, 30% come from Karaganda and other places. The average salary is almost 300 dollars, truck and excavator drivers are paid about 650 dollars monthly.

The way they struggle with dust. However it does not help much on hot days.


BelAZ cabin is not much different from a cabin of any other truck.


Each BelAZ driver approximatly makes 35 runs a day.


Walking excavators work here too. They are more powerful than ordinary ones.

Like a five storey house with a boom!


The man standing at the bucket.

Inside the excavator.

This is how they look from afar.

Like any other mine “Molodezhny” cannot do without explosions. Drill ring is a standard equipment for the mine.


via dedmaxopka

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One response to “Large Coal Mine of Kazakhstan”

  1. Jim Beam says:

    A little scary to think that eventually, all these mountains of coal end up in our breathing atmosphere.

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