Welzow-Süd coal mine
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The satellite photo below shows the area of the mine near Boxberg in Saxony, Germany.
The first Lusatian seam in the Welzow area was mined as early as the 19th century, usually in small pits. The Clara I Welzow mine began lignite mining on the Welzower plateau in 1866. In 1957, the first clearing and grading work began for today's open-cast mine.
In August 2020, Germany passed a coal phaseout act which aims to gradually reduce and eventually end the use of coal-powered energy in the country by 2038. According to the Oeko-Institut, a nonprofit environmental research institute, the shutdown of the Welzow-Süd open-cast mine is planned for 2031. However, due to Russia's war in Ukraine, Germany is considering delaying the closure of some lignite power plants and is also considering bringing some recently closed lignite plants back online.
On May 13, 2016, more than 1,600 people occupied the open-cast mining site under the motto "End of the terrain" and blocked coal production.
- Operator: LEAG
- Owners: Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH; 50%) and PPF Investments (50%)
- Location: near Boxberg in Saxony, Germany
- GPS Coordinates: 51.599444, 14.278889 (exact)
- Mine Status: Operating
- Production: 16.3 million tonnes per annum (2021)
- Total Resource:
- Total Reserves:
- Coal Type: Lignite
- Mine Size: 108 km2
- Mine Type: Surface
- Start Year: 1959
- Retirement Year: 2031 (expected)
Articles and resources
- Germany's Three Lignite Mining Regions, Clean Energy Wire, 2018.
- "Business Fields: Mining", LEAG website, accessed June 2022.
- Tagebau Welzow-Süd auf Ostkohle.de
- "Germany: Law on Phasing-Out Coal-Powered Energy by 2038 Enters into Force", US Library of Congress website, August 31, 2020.
- Analysis of power plant closure plans for Germany’s Lusatian mining district, The Oeko-Institut, accessed June 2022.
- "Germany to demolish village for coal, despite phaseout plans", E&E News, April 13, 2022.