Western Macedonia Lignite Centre

From Global Energy Monitor

Western Macedonia Lignite Centre (WMLC) is a network of surface coal mines, owned by the Public Power Corporation of Greece S.A, producing 27.2 million tonnes per annum, in Western Macedonia, Greece.[1]

WMLC is the largest coal operation in Greece, providing coal to major power plants, including: Kardia power station, Agios Dimitrios power station, Amyntaio power station, Florina (Meliti) Power Station, and Ptolemaida power station.[2]


The map below shows the exact location of the mine near Ptolemaida.

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A map of the Western Mining Lignite Centre

WMLC mine complex consists of several mine fields: Kardia, Main Mavropigis, Komanos, Main Field (Kiriou Pediou), Amyndeon, Florina, Southern Field, Western Field, and the Northern Field.[2]

Project Details

  • Operator:
  • Parent Company: Public Power Corporation of Greece S.A[2]
  • Location: Western Macedonia, Greece[1]
  • GPS coordinates: 40.448222, 21.783496 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating[1]
  • Start year: 1956
  • Mineable reserves: 1800 million tonnes[1]
  • Coal type: Lignite[1]
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: Surface (open cast)[1]
  • Mine depth: 150 m[1]
  • Production: 27.2 million tonnes per year[1]
  • Number of employees: 4082 (with Megalopolis Lignite Centre)[1]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Euracoal, Country Profile, Greece, accessed, September 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Transition in Coal Intensive Regions (TRACER), Report on the current role of coal mining and related policies in the TRACER target regions, September 2019, page 75

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