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Energie.Agentur.NRW founds new “Network Mining”

In January 2015 after proper preparation, the network mining has been established. In time for the conditional breakaway of the domestic coal market as customers in 2018 and taking into account the increasingly difficult prospects for opencast lignite mines, in agreement with the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economic Affairs, appropriate measures have to be taken. By co-working with partners such as NRW International, VDMA Mining and other stakeholders the supply industry is assisted in the development of foreign markets and alternative business fields. An outlook for revenue stabilization of predominantly SMEs companies is pointed out in order to support the preservation of jobs in NRW. The Network Mining and Energy will act as a neutral moderator and will be in direct professional exchange with the companies and support their business models and feasibilities. The companies shall be accompanied on the markets successfully and practically.

Since January 1st 2015, Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Büscher heads the Network Mining and Energy under the supervision of Energie-Agentur.NRW in Dusseldorf. As director of the International Coordinating Office of the German geothermal industry at GZB (International Geothermal Centre, Bochum), he has experience with the development of international networks. Previously, he worked as Managing Director (public utilities, strategic consulting firm) and with an international utility company. Dr. Büscher is a Mediator (CCI,) lectures as an assistant professor at the University of Bochum and is accredited as an expert of the energy sector in the EU-Commission.

The mining sector within the network mining is managed, also since January 1st, by Peter von Hartlieb. Since the early 1970ies he is conducting business in global mining for German companies and organizations and represents extensive experience with North- and South America, China, Russia and other target markets. As part of the obligations the NRW working group mine gas, which exists since many years under the technical direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Preusse, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, is integrated into this area.

“SMART MINING: Think big, aim high, work smart”. This is the idea of the new network MINING of the EnergieAgentur.NRW and the title of the kick-off event. The event will be held on March 24th at CASINO Zoll-verein World Heritage Zollverein in Essen in the presence of NRW Minister of Economics Garrelt Duin.

Attendees will include companies from the open pit and underground mining, representatives of the Ministries in Düsseldorf and Berlin, the mining authority, RAG Aktiengesellschaft, associations, unions and banks. Short presentations provide ideas and insights on current and future orientations of the industry. A special highlight of the afternoon promises to be the panel discussion where the export opportunities in the industry are discussed.

The free registration is possible at
www.energieagentur.nrw.de/bergbau. Please contact Ms. Inken Kienzle, public relations and communication in the network Mines, for any further questions under kienzle@energieagentur.nrw.de.