Bogdanka coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Bogdanka coal mine is a major Polish thermal coal mine, which is owned and operated by Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka S.A., producing 9 million tonnes per annum, located near Lublin in southeast Poland.[1]

Location

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Background

In 1975, the first construction of a "pilot" mine in the coal field begun. Today, the mine is known as Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. In 2009, the net profit of the mine was PLN 190.84 million, with coal extraction at 5.6 million tonnes. In 2011 the mine produced approximately 5.8 million tonnes of coal.[2] In 2014, the mine reached a net profit of PLN 272.35 million while mining 9.2 million tonnes of coal. Bogdanka is currently the most profitable coal mine in Poland.

Coal from the mine is supplied to the Kozienice Power Plant under a long term agreement[3] to other industrial customers including cement producers.[2] In 2010 Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka entered into an agreement that from 2016 it would supply the proposed 1000 megawatt Ostroleka C power station, an expansion of the existing Ostroleka power station. Platts reported that "Bogdanka said it may terminate the contract if financing and a design, order and construction contract for the new unit have not been secured by the end of June 2012."[4]

At the end of 2015, electricity holding Enea S.A. (based in Poznań) informed Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. that the agreement between one another of the Energa's companies and Bogdanka Mine (supplier), would not be extended. This resulted in about a 40% drop in sales. Later this year Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. stakeholders received a call from Enea to sell their shares. The Board of Director considered to rescue company of the hostile takeover. The reason was a number of employees who had been very concerned about their future, and about the future quality of the delivery under new Enea's governance. The cost of operation to the buyer was estimated at around PLN 1.48 B (US$380 M). Bogdanka Coal Mine has been considered the most safe, modern and profitable in Poland. It sets the leading standards for Poland in the field of environmental care and corporate responsibility.

As of June 2016, representatives of new Board of Directors of "LW Bogdanka/Bogdanka Coal Mine" and "Enea Group", announced cuts in sponsorship to extra class local football club Górnik Łęczna (translated to Łęczna Miner). The club was established by Bogdanka Mine's miners and co-workers in 1979 in Łęczna, the closest town to Bogdanka. The new contract for the whole year of 2016, stated about 20% decrease in subsidy to the sport club. For comparison, the previous year's (2015) subsidy was worth around PLN 5.2M (US$1.35M), and accounted for at most half of the club's yearly budget. [5]

In 2019, the company began to run the mine on solar power.[6]

Project Details

  • Operator:
  • Parent Company: Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka S.A.
  • Location: Lublin, Poland[1]
  • GPS coordinates: 51.323693,23.004584 (exact)[1]
  • Mine status: Operating[1]
  • Start year:
  • Mineable reserves: 134 million tonnes[1]
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: Underground[1]
  • Mine depth: 4500 m
  • Production: 9 million tonnes per year[1]
  • Number of employees:

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