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The future of the NRW mining industry: A new network highlights the way ahead for this sector

Over 100 decision makers and experts from the mining sector came together in Essen on 24 March 2015 for the first meeting held by the new Mining Industry Network. The purpose of this event, “The future of the NRW mining industry”, is aimed at jointly developing economic perspectives following the end of coal mining in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Ministry of ...

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Lignite is still the most important indigenous energy resource

Lignite now accounts for almost 42 % of total indigenous energy production. According to the German Lignite Industry Association (DEBRIV) the fuel extracted in the Rhineland area, in Lausitz, in central Germany and in the Helmstedt district was still the country‘s most important energy resource in 2014. This was followed by renewables, with a share of some 37 %, while oil, gas ...

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Planning approval procedure for the Siegfried-Giesen reserve mine

The Lower Saxony Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) has received application documents from K+S KALI GmbH for a planning approval procedure in connection with the possible resumption of potash extraction and production at the company’s Siegfried-Giesen reserve mine near Hildesheim. In submitting the about 90 document files to Andreas Sikorski, Director of the LBEG, the Chief Executive of ...

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The Saar mine water drainage concept: RAG submits planning notification to the mining authorities

On 4 March 2015 RAG submitted to the mining authorities a planning notification for the proposed increase in the mine water level in the Reden and Duhamel catchment areas. This marked the start of the approval procedure for phase I of the Saar Mine Water Drainage Concept. This provides for shutting down the Reden pumps and allowing the mine water ...

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‚Green heat‘ for Heidenau

Environment-friendly community heating from the nearby STEAG New Energies biomass-fuelled thermal power station, which has already been supplying heat to the Mügeln district of Heidenau, is to be extended to include Heidenau South and the existing circuit is being enlarged for this purpose. By the end of 2015 some 4,500 households will be connected into the supply system. The project ...

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New storage project at STEAG’s Lünen power plant

The expansion of energy storage technology is a key factor for the success of the energy transition process. In early January 2015 Dr Wolfgang Benesch, Head of Research and Development at STEAG GmbH, presented a new research project with STEAG involvement: the development team at STEAG’s Lünen power plant is to work with international partners on the further development of ...

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Former mining land restored to nature

In the 1980s and 1990s the mine shaft here used to take the miners of Ewald Fortsetzung colliery in Oer-Erkenschwick down to their place of work. By the time the new millennium came the shaft was no longer needed and as a result it is to be permanently filled in: Haard Shaft in Datteln-Ahsen will be transformed into the Haard ...

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RAG to manage the post-mining era from a new base on the World Heritage Site

RAG will be transferring its headquarters to Essen in the summer of 2017. The company will be moving on to the UNESCO-designated Zollverein World Heritage Site. For RAG this will mean a return to the city where it was first established as Ruhrkohle AG in 1968 and a new home at what was once the most modern coal mine in ...

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