Top Countries with Largest Coal Reserves

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Australia Coal Reserves
Australia Coal Reserves

1. Australia

Australia Coal Reserves

Australia stands in the fourth position, having an estimated coal reserves of 76.4 billion tonnes (8.9% of world's total coal deposits). Significant coal producing states are Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. It's the largest coal exporter in the world, Australia exports about  70% of the full total production of coal. Good quality black coal (bituminous coal) is mined in New South Wales and Queensland.

Australia: 76.400 Billion Tonnes 8.9% of world's total reserves

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4. Colombia

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Estimated coal reserves in Colombia is 6.7 billion tonnes (as of 2012) ranking in the ninth place. Most of the coal deposits can be found at Latin America. Bigger percentage of country's production is exported.

Colombia: 6.746 Billion Tonnes 0.8% of world's total reserves

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5. Germany

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Coal in Germany ranks the sixth largest (40.7 billion tonnes) in the world having 4.7% of world's total coal reserves. Germany could be the eighth biggest coal producer at the time of 2012 statistics and largest brown coal (bituminous) in the world. About 50% of the full total coal production in this country is useful for electricity generation.

Germany: 40.699 Billion Tonnes 4.7% of world's total reserves

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6. India

India Coal Reserves

India holds the fifth position in the list of  having an estimated coal reserve of 60.6 billion tonnes (7% of world's total). Thickest coal seam in India, and probably the 2nd thickest coal seam on the planet, is Jhingurda Coal Seam (140 m). India is the third largest coal producer on the planet followed closely by US and China. All of the coal deposits of India are located in the eastern part since the states West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chattisgarh (more than 70% of country's total coal deposits).

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7. Kazakhstan

kazakhstan coal reserves

Kazakhstan holds about 33.6 billion tonnes (3.9% of world's total) of coal equating the eighth position. That is located at central Asia's most recoverable coal zone. In 2012, it produced about 126 million tonnes of coal, making it the tenth largest producer of coal. Top Countries with Largest Coal Reserves. Most coal produced (about 75%) is used in domestic purpose and electricity production. Bogatyr Coal mine (opencast) produces largest amount of coal, holding 4.5 billion tons of coal deposits.

Kazakhstan: 33.600 Billion Tonnes 3.9% of total world reserves

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8. Russia

Russia Coal Reserves

Russian Federation is second among with an established coal reserve of 157.01 billion tonne (18% of the of world's total). Russia's coal reserves are mainly in the basins of Kuznetsk and Kansk-Achinsk. It is  the sixth largest producer of coal on the planet (2012). Major producer of coal in Russia are Rosugol and Donugol. About 65% of total coal production in Russia is utilized in domestic purpose.

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9. Ukraine

Ukraine Coal Reserves

It is in the seventh (7th) position, with an estimated recoverable coal of 33.9 billion tonnes (3.9% of world's total). All of the country's production (more than 90%) comes from  Donets Basin region. In 2012, Ukraine produced  85.946 million tonnes of coal which will be about 1.2% of world's total coal production. Mining is the main industry in eastern  Ukraine.

Ukraine: 33.873 Billion Tonnes 3.9% of world's total reserves

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10. United States of America (USA)

US Coal Reserves

United States of America ranks first in terms of highest proved coal reserves. About 25% of the world's total coal reserve is in this country. USA holds about 237.295 billion tonnes of coal (as of 2012) and it is also the second largest coal producer in the world. World's largest coal (coal reserves)  mine, North Antelope Rochelle is Top Countries with Largest Coal Reserves.located in this country by having an estimated recoverable reserves of 2.3 billion tonnes (as of 2012). United State's thickest coal Seam as well as world's thickest coal seam, is Pittsburgh coal seam , extending over 11,000 mi2 covering 53 countries in the world.

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