Ten biggest producing underground mines in Europe in 2020
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Ten biggest producing underground mines in Europe in 2020

By Carmen 07 Sep 2021

Here are the ten largest underground mining projects by production in Europe in 2020, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Kiruna Mine

The Kiruna Mine is an iron ore mining project in Norrbotten, Sweden. The brownfield project is owned by Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara and is due to operate until 2035. The mine produced an estimated 27.015Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 12.65 mtpa of iron ore in 2020.

2. Malmberget Mine

The Malmberget Mine is an iron ore mine owned by Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara. Located in Norrbotten, Sweden, the brownfield mine produced approximately 15.612Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 8.451 mtpa of iron ore in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2023.

3. Verbundwerk Hattorf Wintershall Mine

Located in Hesse, Germany, the Verbundwerk Hattorf Wintershall Mine is a potash mining project owned by K+S. The mine is expected to operate until 2055.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 14.531Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 1.12 mtpa of potash in the same year.

4. Soma Mine

The Soma Mine is a coal mine located in Manisa, Turkey. Owned by Turkiye Komur Isletmeleri Kurumu, the brownfield project produced an estimated 12.587Mt of ROM in 2020.

The mine had an estimated production of 8.263 mtpa of coal in 2020.

5. Polkowice-Sieroszowice Mine

Owned by KGHM Polska Miedz, the Polkowice-Sieroszowice Mine is a copper mine situated in Lower Silesian, Poland. The mine is expected to operate until 2057.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 12.074Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 191 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020.

6. Bogdanka Mine

The Bogdanka Mine is a coal mining project in Lublin, Poland. The brownfield project is owned by Enea and is due to operate until 2034. The mine produced an estimated 11.792Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 8.719 mtpa of coal in 2020.

7. Zielitz Mine

The Zielitz Mine is a potash mine owned by K+S. Located in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the brownfield mine produced approximately 11.32Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 1.35 mtpa of potash in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2053.

8. Rudna Mine

Located in Lower Silesian, Poland, the Rudna Mine is a copper mining project owned by KGHM Polska Miedz. The mine is expected to operate until 2042.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 10.771Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 177.4 thousand tonnes of copper in the same year.

9. Lubin Mine

The Lubin Mine is a copper mine located in Silesian, Poland. Owned by KGHM Polska Miedz, the brownfield project produced an estimated 9.087Mt of ROM in 2020.

The mine had an estimated production of 73.5 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020. The Lubin Mine will operate until 2047.

10. TavSanli Mine

Owned by Turkiye Komur Isletmeleri Kurumu, the TavSanli Mine is a coal mine situated in Kutahya, Turkey.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 6.531Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 3.704 mtpa of coal in 2020.

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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