El Maghara mine

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This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor and the Center for Media and Democracy.

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


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[2][3]

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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."[2]

Project Details

  • Owner: Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority (EMRA)[4]
  • Parent company: Egyptian government[4]
  • Location: El Hassana, North Sinai Governorate, Egypt[2]
  • GPS coordinates:30.706731, 33.3816866[2]
  • Mine status:Operating[3]
  • Start year: 2018[5]
  • Mineable reserves: 22 million tons[3]
  • Coal type: bituminous[4]
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: Underground[3]
  • Production: .0125 million ton per annum[3]
  • Additional proposed production: expected to reach .6 million tons per annum[5]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:

Articles and resources


  1. Angela Boskovitch Photo Essay: Fighting for Creative Cinema Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 11, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 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
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Government approves operation of El Maghara coal mine: officia Cairo Post May 14, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nawal Sayed Sisi calls on all Egyptians to take part in developing Sinai Egypt Today, Feb 27 2018

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