Reichwalde coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Reichwalde coal mine is operated by LEAG, producing 12.6 million tonnes per annum, near Boxberg in Saxony, Germany.[1]

The mine provides lignite to the Boxberg Power Station.


The satellite photo below shows the area of the mine near Boxberg in Saxony, Germany.

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In 1980, the development began of the easternmost opencast mine in the Lusatian district.

On April 25, 2018, the exposed coal seam caught fire. The fire quickly reached an extent of up to 2000 × 100 meters and burned for several days, as the fire had been kindled again and again by the prevailing wind. As a measure against the fire, the operator LEAG filled the burning area with the help of the overburden conveyor bridge.

Due to the coal exit in Germany, which should be completed by 2038, is to be assumed that mining ends.

Project Details

  • Owner: LEAG
  • Parent company: Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) and PPF Investments
  • Location: near Boxberg in Saxony, Germany
  • GPS coordinates: 51.396367, 14.678249 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating
  • Start year: 1985
  • Coal type: lignite
  • Mine size: 55 km2
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Production: 12.6 million tonnes per year
  • Mineable Reserves: 366 million tonnes
  • Equipment: Open cast mining
  • Number of employees:
  • Retirement Year:2045
  • Coal Plant:Boxberg Power Station.

Articles and resources


  1. Germany's Three Lignite Mining Regions, Clean Energy Wire, 2018.

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