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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.

Source: Svalbardposten 6/2011

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