The coalmines of Labuan have been worked spasmodically, but success has never attended the venture.
The coalmines of the country are capable of producing some 15 million tons of black coal and 24 millions of brown coal (lignite).
This district, which comprises the coalmines of Lisichansk and the anthracite mines of Gorodishche, occupies about 110,000 acres on the banks of the Donets river.
There are coalmines, several ironworks - one is among the largest in Scotland - and, on the sandhills along the shore, the works of Nobel's Explosives Company, which cover an area of a mile, the separatehut principle being adopted to minimize the risks attendant upon so dangerous an occupation.
It possesses large cotton mills, and quarries and coalmines are worked in the immediate neighbourhood.