Iran produced nearly 1.25 million tons of coal in the nine months from March 21-December 21, 2018 which indicates a 25-perent increase compared to the output for the same period of the previous year. Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani announced this on Sunday in a meeting with coal miners, reported IRNA. “There are significant coal reserves and a steadfast market in the country,” he said, adding that a comprehensive plan for coal mining will be developed for the first time in the country. The minister underlined the need to improve the safety level of mines, especially coal mines, and said, safety should be taken seriously in all industries.
On December 22, the World Steel Association (WSA) announced that Iran considerably increased the production of its crude steel in the first 11 months of 2018, registering more than 17 percent growth as compared with last year’s corresponding period. “Iran produced 22.59 million tons of crude steel in the first 11 months of 2018, indicating a growth of 17.3 percent compared with the figure for the same period in 2017, which was 19.256 million tons,” the report added. WSA further reported that China topped the list of crude steel producers in the same period with 857.372 million tons.
India, Japan and the United States with 96.92 million tons, 95.86 million tons and 79.156 million tons, respectively ranked second, third and fourth, it said. According to Vision 2025, total steel production capacity will hit 55 million tons a year by 2025, with exports expected to reach 10-15 million tons.