Amsdorf Coal Mine

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Amsdorf Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Amsdorf Coal Mine Saxony-Anhalt, Germany 51.459088, 11.717863 (exact)

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Operating 1959 2025-2030[1]

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
0.49[2] 2021[2] Surface[1] Open Pit 2 50* 154*

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
6[1] 2015[1] Lignite Thermal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Romonta GmbH GETEC Energie Holding GmbH [45.6%] Germany

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.


Amsdorf Coal Mine is a surface coal mine in the state of Saxony, Germany. Amsdorf Mine is a fairly small lignite mine which began operations in 1959. It is owned and operated by Romonta GmbH, a subsidiary of the chemicals company Romonta Bergwerks Holding, which uses the highly bituminous coal mainly to manufacture crude montan wax (of which Romonta is one of the world’s largest producers).[3] On May 15, 2020, the company shares of the ROMONTA Bergwerks Holding AG had been sold in full to a consortium of buyers of the GETEC Energie Holding GmbH corporation with retroactive effect as of January 1, 2020.[4] GETEC Energie Holding GmbH holds 48%, while Opus Beteiligungs GmbHholds 26% and LaBelle GmbH holds another 26%.[3]

The mine has an expected life span through 2025 to 2030.[5][6]

The lignite extracted from the Amsdorf mine is bituminous (i.e. it contains components that are also contained in crude oil). The bitumen is extracted from lignite. The remaining components of the lignite are burnt in the Romonta power plant. The power plant produces process steam and electricity electricity for wax extraction.[6]

As of 2023, the mine was in operation.[7]

In June 2023, the construction of the new power plant for montan was production was progressing, scheduled to go online in mid-2024 and help the company to phase out coal burning. Instead, household and commercial waste will be burnt.[8]

  • Owner: Romonta GmbH[3]
  • Parent Company: GETEC Energie Holding GmbH[3][4]
  • Location: Saxony, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.4591, 11.7179 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating
  • Start year: 1959[5]
  • Production capacity (Mtpa): 0.3 Mt (2015)[6], 0.49 Mt (2021)[4]
  • Total reserves (Mt): 6 Mt (2015)[6]
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Mine size (Km2): 2[9]
  • Workforce size:
  • Primary consumer:
  • Source of financing:

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