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June 3, 2022updated 13 Jun 2022 1:30pm

Ten biggest producing surface mines in Europe in 2021

By Carmen

Here are the ten largest surface mining projects by production in Europe in 2021, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Aitik Mine

The Aitik Mine is a copper mining project in Norrbotten, Sweden. The greenfield project is owned by Boliden. The mine produced an estimated 41.8Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 80 thousand tonnes of copper in 2021.

2. Belchatow Mine

The Belchatow Mine is a coal mine owned by PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. Located in Lodz, Poland, the greenfield mine produced approximately 41.5Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 31.5 million tonnes of coal in 2021. The expected mine closure date is 2040.

3. Hambach Mine

Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Hambach Mine is a coal mining project owned by RWE. The mine is expected to operate until 2042.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 39.7Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 30.2 million tonnes of coal in the same year.

4. Garzweiler Mine

The Garzweiler Mine is a coal mine located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Owned by RWE, the greenfield project produced an estimated 37.7Mt of ROM in 2021.

The mine had an estimated production of 28.7 million tonnes of coal in 2021. The Garzweiler Mine will operate until 2045.

5. Maritsa East Mine

Owned by Bulgarian Energy Holding E, the Maritsa East Mine is a coal mine situated in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. The mine is expected to operate until 2087.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 31.7Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 24.1 million tonnes of coal in 2021.

6. Ptolemais South Field Mine

The Ptolemais South Field Mine is a coal mining project in West Macedonia, Greece. The brownfield project is owned by Public Power. The mine produced an estimated 23.8Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 18.1 million tonnes of coal in 2021.

7. Inden Mine

The Inden Mine is a coal mine owned by RWE. Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the brownfield mine produced approximately 20Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 15.2 million tonnes of coal in 2021. The expected mine closure date is 2030.

8. Welzow-Sud Mine

Located in Brandenburg, Germany, the Welzow-Sud Mine is a coal mining project owned by PPF Investments,.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 16.3Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 17.9 million tonnes of coal in the same year.

9. Nochten Mine

The Nochten Mine is a coal mine located in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Owned by PPF Investments,, the brownfield project produced an estimated 16.1Mt of ROM in 2021.

The mine had an estimated production of 13.9 million tonnes of coal in 2021.

10. Veliki Krivelj (VK) Mine

Owned by Zijin Mining Group, the Veliki Krivelj (VK) Mine is a copper mine situated in Vojvodina, Serbia. The mine is expected to operate until 2039.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 14.7Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 38.1 thousand tonnes of copper in 2021.

Methodology: This information is drawn from GlobalData’s mines and projects database, which tracks all operating and developing mines and projects globally. Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.

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