|Classification:||Coal Mine lignite|
|Guided tours:||L=580 m, Mine train: L=2,312 m. D=3 h.|
|Address:||Hornonitrianske bane Prievidza, a.s., Matice slovenskej 10, 971 01, Prievidza, Tel: +421-46-542-3121, Fax: +421-46-541-2106. E-mail:|
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|Middle Ages||archaeological excavations show use of lignite.|
|~1900||begin of industrial exploitation near Handlová.|
|1950||new plants built on deposits outside Upper Nitra, Slovak Coal Mines Trust founded.|
|01-JUL-1955||reformed into Coal and Lignite Mines.|
|1970s||transformed into the Coal and Lignite Mines Concern.|
|1993||divided into seven independent subjects by the government decree.|
|01-JUL-1996||transformed into the National Property Fund, a joint-stock company.|
|01-JAN-2003||Baňa Cígeľ and Bana Novaky merged.|
The brown coal or lignite is found in the Upper Nitra Basin.
The lignite or brown coal mine Baňa Cígeľ (Cigel Colliery) is really impressive. The three hour tour includes an introduction with security regulations and some background on the mining. Visitors dress up with hard hat and then mount the mine train. This is a monorail hanging on a single iron rail on the ceiling. The trains goes in 2,312 m where the 580 m tourist course starts. Finally the visitors have to ride back on the train to the surface. The train has a maximum speed of 12km/h, so the ride takes about 15 minutes.
Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza (Upper Nitra Coal Mines) is the most important producer of lignite in the Slovak Republic. Lignite is the only domestic primary energy source in the country.