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RWE Power Lignite Mines, Rhineland Lignite, Germany

Producer of



Between Aachen and Cologne, Germany


RWE Power AG (100%)

Geology type

Miocene lignite seams

Mineral type


Reserve base


Annual production

96.2Mt (2006)

Mining method

Large-scale opencast mining using continuous mining, haulage and stacking systems

Lignite processing

Some lignite is processed to form briquettes and for other specialised fuels; most is burnt in run-of-mine condition

Employment (mining)

8,200 (2004)

Surface mines

Krupp, O&K and MAN-Takraf bucket-wheel excavators and stackers

Belt haulage systems

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