Janschwalde coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Jänschwalde coal mine is operated by LEAG, producing 7.4 million tonnes per annum, near Teichland, Forst, and Peitz in Brandenburg, Germany.[1]

The mine provides lignite to the Janschwalde power station.


The satellite photo below shows the area of the mine near Teichland, Forst, and Peitz in Brandenburg, Germany.

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The Jänschwalde open-cast mine is operated by Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) in the Lausitz lignite district in Brandenburg and was named after the Jänschwalde community in the Spree-Neisse district. It was opened in the period from 1974 to 1976 south of the town of Grötsch (near Heinersbrück ) and developed from the Grötsch area initially in a southerly direction, before turning to the north-east near Klinge.The nearby Jänschwalde power plant is largely powered by lignite supplied from this open pit.[2]

On March 30, 2017, LEAG canceled plans to expand Jänschwalde.

On September 1, 2019, the open-cast mine was closed for the time being, as there was no confirmed FFH impact assessment. Coal has been allowed to be mined again since February 24th 2020.

The calorific value of lignite is 8,400 kJ / kg; it contains about 51% water, 1% sulfur and 12% ash.

Project Details

  • Owner: LEAG
  • Parent company: Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) and PPF Investments
  • Location: near Teichland, Forst, and Peitz in Brandenburg, Germany
  • GPS coordinates: 51.791944, 14.539722 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating
  • Start year: 1974
  • Coal type: lignite
  • Mine size: 80 km2
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Production: 7.4 million tons per year
  • Equipment: Open cast mining
  • Number of employees: 2500
  • Retirement Year:2023
  • Coal Plant:Janschwalde power station

Articles and resources


  1. Germany's Three Lignite Mining Regions, Clean Energy Wire, 2018.
  2. Jänschwalde opencast mine must be stopped, Lausitzer Rundschau, August 30, 2019

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