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, known formally historically as PT Tambang Batubara Ombilin
) is an open-pit coal mine near Sawahlunto
Kota Sawahlunto or Sawah Lunto is a town in West Sumatra, Indonesia. This town covers 5.86 km² and has a population of 15,279.Sawahlunto is one of the mining towns in West Sumatra. It was first established as a town in 1982 by the Dutch along with the coal mining operations during that time....
, located approximately 70 kilometres northeast of Padang
Padang is the capital and largest city of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located on the western coast of Sumatra at . It has an area of and a population of over 833,000 people at the 2010 Census.-History:...
, West Sumatra
West Sumatra is a province of Indonesia. It lies on the west coast of the island Sumatra. It borders the provinces of North Sumatra to the north, Riau and Jambi to the east, and Bengkulu to the southeast. It includes the Mentawai Islands off the coast...
. Production in the mine peaked in the 1950s but it was later closed. In recent times, the Chinese have invested $100 million to reopen the mine, and the China National Technology Import-Export Corporation (CNTIC) and working with PT Bukit Asam to exploit further reserves which as of 2003 totalled roughly 100 million tons according to Antara.
On 2011, the region continues to bring benefits to its contituents through reforestation of the former mining location and its conversion into a tourist destination. A well maintenance pit with sufficient lighting and air supply from blower attract local and foreign tourists mainly from Malaysia and Singapore. Seeing the pit cost Rp.30,000 (US$3.5) per person.