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The following are the ten largest surface mining projects by production in Europe in 2022, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. Aitik Mine

The Aitik Mine is a silver mining project in Norrbotten, Sweden. The greenfield project is owned by Boliden. The mine produced an estimated 43.15Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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 41.35Mt of ROM in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2040. Buy the profile here.

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 39.79Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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 37.64Mt of ROM in 2022.

The Garzweiler Mine will operate until 2045. Buy the profile here.

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 31.89Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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 23.78Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

7. Welzow-Sud Mine

The Welzow-Sud Mine is a coal mine owned by PPF Investments,. Located in Brandenburg, Germany, the brownfield mine produced approximately 23.38Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

8. Inden Mine

Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Inden Mine is a coal mining project owned by RWE. The mine is expected to operate until 2030.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 19.6Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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 18.4Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

10. Veliki Krivelj (VK) Mine

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

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 15.6Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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