Welzow-Süd coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Welzow-Süd coal mine is operated by LEAG, producing 17.4 million tonnes per annum, near Wezlow, Brandenburg, Germany.[1]


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

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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.[2]

The calorific value of lignite is 9,000 kJ / kg; it contains about 56% water, 1% sulfur and 5% ash.

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


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.

Project Details

  • Owner: LEAG
  • Parent company: Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) and PPF Investments
  • Location: near Boxberg in Saxony, Germany
  • GPS coordinates: 51.599444, 14.278889 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating
  • Start year: 1959
  • Coal type: lignite
  • Mine size: 108 km2
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Production: 17.4 million tonnes per year
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Equipment: Open cast mining
  • Number of employees:
  • Retirement Year:2040
  • Coal Plant:

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