Welzow-Süd coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Welzow-Süd coal mine is an open-cast mine operated by LEAG. It produces 16.3 million tonnes per annum, near Wezlow, Brandenburg, Germany.[1][2]


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.[3]

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.[4] According to the Oeko-Institut, a nonprofit environmental research institute, the shutdown of the Welzow-Süd open-cast mine is planned for 2031.[5] 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.[6]


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

  • 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)[2]
  • Total Resource:
  • Total Reserves:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Mine Size: 108 km2
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 1959
  • Retirement Year: 2031 (expected)

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