Velenje mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Velenje mine is a lignite mine which is owned and operated by government-owned Premogovnik Velenje, near Velenje in Slovenia.

The mine is the only operating mine in Slovenia, supplying coal to the Sostanj Power Station.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the mine.

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The majority of the 3.5 million tonnes (2017) of lignite and brown coal produced a year is supplied to the nearby Sostanj Power Station.[2]

Euracoal, a European coal industry lobby group, states on its website that the mine boasts "one of the thickest known coal layers in the world (up to 165 meters). The company’s long-term strategy is to operate the mine until 2054, as it is likely to remain Slovenia’s only exploitable energy resource for the next 50 years."[2]

A review of the geology of the deposit being mined states that "due to surface subsidence, wide lakes formed above abandoned and present underground mining activity" to the north of the mine and the nearby power station.[3]

Mine Details

  • Owner: Premogovnik Velenje[4]
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Velenje, Slovenia
  • GPS coordinates: 46.368919,15.077637 (exact)[4]
  • Mine status: Operating
  • Start year:
  • Mineable reserves: 358 millon tonnes[4]
  • Coal type: lignite
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: underground[4]
  • Production: 3.5 million tonnes per annum[4]
  • Life of Mine: 2054[4]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:

Articles and resources


  1. DeCarb Interreg Europe, Coal mining industry in Slovenia, Industry Website, accessed November 4, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Slovenia", Eurocoal website, accessed October 2012.
  3. Miloš Markic & Reinhard F. Sachsenhofer, "The Velenje Lignite: Its Petrology and Genesis", Geoloski Slovenije, Ljubljana, 2010, page 1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Slovenia Energy Directorate, SLOVENIA AND ITS COAL REGIONS, April 8th 2019.

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