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VDKi publishes its initial assessment of the global trade, consumption and import of coal in 2015

As the German Coal Importer Association (VDKi) in Hamburg suggested last summer, the steady growth reported in the production of coal (coking and steam coal) for more than a decade is now expected not just to have stagnated but to have declined for the very first time. The VDKi estimates that global production has decreased by approximately 150 to 200 ...

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PDAC 2016 Convention in Toronto – First German pavilion a great success

More than 22,000 attendees from over 100 countries gathered at the PDAC 2016 Convention of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in Toronto where investors, analysts, mining executives, geologists, government officials and students gathered for the largest exploration and mining event in the world. In spite of recent industry challenges and the current downturn in the global resource ...

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Boldt/Weller/Kühne/von Mäßenhausen: Bundesberggesetz, 2. Auflage

The second edition of Boldt/Weller’s commentary on mining law was published at the end of 2015. Published in 1982 at the time the Federal Mining Act came into effect, the first edition of this commentary has now been completely revised by Gunther Kühne and Hans-Ulrich von Mäßenhausen. The commentary has been written by experts with practical experience in mining law ...

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Closure of the Auguste Victoria mine

As part of the closing down of the German coal mining industry, the Auguste Victoria mine in Marl ceased to operate at the end of 2015 (Figure 1). This move means that there is now just one coal mine left in the Ruhr region of Germany and only two working coal mines in the entire country. It marks the end ...

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STEAG commissions 60 MW wind farm in Turkey on schedule

November 2015 saw STEAG GmbH, based in Essen, commission the last eight turbines at its wind farm in Süloglu in the north-west of Turkey. A total of 20 wind turbines, each capable of generating 3.0 MW of electricity, have been put into operation there one by one since September. This huge on-shore wind farm project by STEAG comes just over ...

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Energy consumption in Germany in 2015

Energy consumption in Germany reached 13,335 PJ or 455.0 mt ce in 2015. According to provisional calculations by AG Energiebilanzen (German Working Group on Energy Balances), this constitutes a 1.3 % increase on the previous year. This rise is due for the most part to slightly colder weather compared with that in 2014, which was very mild, and the consequent need for ...

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New endowed chair for Smart Mining Machinery at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg

An endowed chair for Smart Mining Machinery will be joining the TU Bergaka-demie Freiberg in the summer semester of 2016. The chair will be working in the Faculty for Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering and will be co-financed by the professional associations for construction/building materials machinery and for mining in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) in partnership with the Research ...

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Making coal mining more sustainable: TFH Georg Agricola zu Bochum in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Colombia is one of the world’s largest coal producers. Germany meets around one fifth of its coal needs via imports from Colombia, making it one of the country’s top three suppliers. The Columbian mining industry has come under criticism, however, for poor working conditions and low environmental protection standards. The Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences (TFH), Bochum/Germany, and the ...

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Helmuth-Burckhardt-Prize 2015

The Helmuth-Burckhardt Prize awarded by the German Raw Materials and Mining Association (VRB), Berlin, was presented in 2015 to two winners: Jasmin Korbmacher MSc and Nicole Prochnau MSc. The two prize winners both studied Raw Materials Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, graduating with flying colours. The umbrella organisation for the German Mining Industry presented the young academics with their ...

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„Mining meets Environment“: IV. German-Chilean Forum for Mining and Mineral Resources in Santiago

Mining was one of the main topics of the VI. German-Chilean Business Summit “On the way to industry 4.0”, which took place on the 24th of November 2015 in Santiago. The conference was organized by the German-Chilean Chamber of Commerce and Industry and counted with the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) as partner. The event attracted more than 500 participants. ...

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