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Slovenia

Slovenia has coal commercial reserves in 400 mln tons. As the country's thermal power plants utilize mainly fuel oil and natural gas the coal demand is low and constantly decreasing; at the Communist era Slovenian mines produced almost 7 mtpa of coal (both lignite and bituminous) while now it extracts only 4.5 mtpa.

Currently there are only 2 operable mines in Slovenia - both use underground mining. One of them - Velenje mine - is one of the largest lignite mines in Europe; it has relatively modern equipment and technology, and supplies lignite to nearby power plant. Another mine - Trbovlje-Hrastnik - is the country's last producer of sub-bituminous coal; accordingly the Slovenian legislation the mine has to be completely closed by 2015, while now it is constantly decreasing the output.

Currently Slovenia's steel mills utilize EAF/scrap technology and thus the country is not importing coking coal.

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