Peat

Peat Extraction

Peat exploration and extraction procedures according to legislation you can see  here 

Peat extraction and processing cycle

Peat extraction site is a complex structure, which includes drainage and fire-fighting water supply system, technological roads, peat fields appropriate to the extraction technology, access roads, power lines and other facilities. Peat extraction sites are constructed in the accordance with the procedure approved in the construction project in the order stipulated by existing laws and regulations in Latvia.

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In order to start the extraction of peat, it must be started with the exploration works and environmental impact assessment. This is followed by preparation of the infrastructure for the bog development. Drainage of peat field and types of preparatory works, amounts and deadlines are subject to peat extraction area, peat deposit type and moisture, overgrows of stumps and other conditions. It is also important whether a new peat extraction site is being prepared or an existing one is extended or compensated by the cut. P eat Extraction sites you can see  here

For information about companies, look in the section "Members". Using the map for publications, reports and other documents, it is obligatory to give a reference to the Latvian Peat Associations.

Peat extraction companies mainly operate in the regions of Latvia, thus providing jobs for the people of outermost regions. Currently, 63 companies within 86 peat bogs are working in Latvian peat industry and during the season employ up to 3,000 employees.

European Union obtains 68 million m3 of peat, out of which 28% of the extracted peat is used in professional horticulture. In Latvia, in 2015 the amount of extracted peat was 1.2 million tons of peat, which is a third or 31% of the horticultural peat used in the EU.