Arthur de Buyer Coal Mine

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Coal mine Arthur de Buyer
Puits Arthur de Buyer.jpg
The coal mine Arthur de Buyer in activity
Location Magny-Danigon
Opened 1900
Closed 1954
Company Ronchamp coal mines

The Arthur de Buyer Coal Mine or coal mine #11 was one of the major Ronchamp coal mines, which is in the area of the city Magny-Danigon in the French region of Franche-Comté. It is dug in 1894 to ensure the future of the company is in a difficult position at this time. The project is led by Leon Poussigue, director of coal since 1891. He is responsible for leading the excavation, design buildings and install each machine. The seat is named after the president Arthur de Buyer, in office since 1876 and who retired during the commissioning activity of the mine.

Active from 1900 until the early 1950s, was its depth 1010 meters, making it the deepest mine in France in the early 20th Century and the first to pass the symbolic depth of 1,000 meters.

After it had brought coal for almost half a century, there were up to the 21st Century several conversion attempts. Today only ruins remain. A project to install a solar photovoltaic power plant in the municipality is under study since June 2012.


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