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News in Brief Issue 02_2017

North Rhine-Westphalia state survey confirms RAG appraisal

Contrary to reports from other sources, the appraisal of RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Herne/Germany, of their mine water concepts has been confirmed by the current results of an expert survey commissioned by the State government of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was published in January. According to this survey, the PCB soil seepage is considerably reduced by the increase in mine water. Today, the ...

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Network operator classifies STEAG power stations in Bexbach and Weiher as system-relevant

In the middle of January 2017, an important decision was made concerning the future of the five power station units belonging to STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, which had been earmarked for decommissioning. The transmission system operator Amprion GmbH has classified two of the power station units as system-relevant. The Bexbach and Weiher power stations, both situated in the Saarland, are therefore ...

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STEAG Energy Services takes over the management of wind and hydroelectric power plants in Brazil

Essen-based STEAG Energy Services GmbH (SES) has announced further success on the Brazilian energy market. It has taken over all operation and maintenance contracts for wind farms and hydroelectric power stations from ENEX, a Brazilian subsidiary of the Norwegian company Statkraft. SES will take over all contracts between Statkraft and third parties, while Statkraft will continue to operate its own ...

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22nd Meeting of the European Heads of State Mining Authorities

At the invitation of the Romanian National Institute for Research and Development in Mine Safety and Protection to Explosion (INSEMEX Petrosani), the 22nd meeting of the head of the top mining authorities in states of the European Union took place on 13th and 14th September 2016 in Bucharest (Figure 1). The meeting was attended by representatives of the mining, environment, ...

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IG BCE demands future fund for leading European industries

The German industry association for mining, chemistry and energy (IG BCE) in Hanover/Germany has asked policy-makers for a greater commitment to lighthouse industries in Europe. More sources of funding are necessary to drive forward the innovation capabilities of key industries, stated Managing Director of the IG BCE, Michael Vassiliadis, at the energy and industry-political press conference held at the end ...

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Energy consumption in 2016

In 2016, energy consumption in Germany reached 13,383 PJ or 456.7 mtce. This corresponds to an increase of 1.1 % compared to the previous year. In its current report on energy consumption in Germany in 2016, the German Working Group on Energy Balances (AGEB) attributed this increase to the influence of colder weather than the previous year, the leap year day, ...

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Coal power generation under pressure – Fair framework conditions are essential for a successful energy transition

The growth in global coal consumption slowed in 2016. Consumption is currently at approximately 7 bn t, the world market in coal is currently 1.1 bn t, therefore an estimated 1.5 % below the previous year. Sustainable demand in South-East Asia and India will compensate for the decreasing trend in Europe and the United States. In Germany, coal power generation is ...

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E-world energy & water strengthens its position as Europe‘s leading trade fair with record exhibitor numbers of 710 companies and around 25,000 visitors

With new record numbers of visitors and exhibitors, E-world energy & water has reinforced its position as Europe’s leading trade fair for the energy industry: With 710 exhibitors from 30 nations, more companies and countries than ever before presented their solutions for the future of the energy industry at the trade fair, held from 7th to 9th February 2017 at ...

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News from the German Mining Network (GMN)

Australia The German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) has compiled a handbook about important raw materials plans and projects in Australia. The handbook lists supply options and new raw material potential for a total of 15 metals, twelve industry minerals and selected natural and coloured precious stones that are relevant for Germany as an industrial location. The handbook therefore delivers important ...

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