Vereinigtes Schleenhain coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Vereinigtes Schleenhain coal mine (also known as the United Schleenhain opencast mine) is an open-cast mine operated by MIBRAG near Groitzsch and Neukieritzsch in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.[1]


The satellite photo below shows the area of the mine near Groitzsch and Neukieritzsch in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

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In 1995, as a result of the privatization of the opencast mines of the Central German Revier, the Schleenhain open-cast mine and the Groitzscher Dreieck and Peres opencast mines, which were suspended in 1991, were combined by MIBRAG to form the United Schleenhain open-cast mine with the three mining fields of the same name.[2]

After extensive modernization work since 1999, the mine has been used exclusively to supply coal to the new Lippendorf power plant.

According to the current planning permits, mining is to continue until 2040, but due to Germany's coal exit, will likely cease in 2038.

Project Details

  • Operator: Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG)
  • Owner: Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH)[3]
  • Location: near Groitzsch and Neukieritzsch in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • GPS Coordinates: 51.128, 12.386 (exact)
  • Mine Status: Operating
  • Production: 10.41 million tonnes[4]
  • Total Resource: 415 million tonnes
  • Total Reserves:
  • Coal Type: lignite
  • Mine Size: 17 km2
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 1949
  • Retirement Year: 2040 (expected)[1]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Germany's Three Lignite Mining Regions, Clean Energy Wire, 2018.
  2. United Schleenhain Opencast Mine, MIBRAG website, accessed June 2022.
  3. Company - Shareholder, MIBRAG website, accessed June 2022.
  4. The German lignite industry in 2021

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