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Huge demand for Longyearbyen-coal

The annual coal production in mine 7 near Longyearbyen is near 75,000 tons, of which 50,000 are exported, mainly to the German market. The quality of the coal makes it a sought-after resource in the metallurgic industry. In May, German companies even chartered an additional coal freighter and time-consuming shipping operations despite of a pier and coal crane that were damaged during a winter storm, to get in extra coal.

Mine chef Håvard Dyrkolbotn was quoted saying „without coal from mine 7, no Mercedes on the market.“

Equipment near mine 7.

Huge demand for Longyearbyen-coal - Gruve 7

Source: Svalbardposten 6/2011

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