Tagebau Inden / Open coalmine Inden Germany

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    Germany’s lignite reserves are inexpensive to produce, making it one of the world’s largest lignite producers (20% of global output). Germany has the largest coal reserves in the EU, of which over 97 percent are lignite (brown coal), with the remainder being bituminous and anthracite (hard coal). According to the 2008 BP Statistical Energy Survey, Germany had end 2007 coal reserves of 6708 million tonnes. Germany is the seventh largest coal producer in the world, producing a total of 201.86 million tonnes of coal in 2007 while consuming 86.03 million tonnes oil equivalent. Germany is the world’s fourth largest coal consumer, importing the bulk of its coal from Poland, South Africa and Russia.

    The Rhenish (Rhineland) lignite-mining region covers an area of around 2,500km² to the west of Cologne. RWE Power operates four large opencast mines in the district – Hambach, Garzweiler, Inden and Bergheim – which between them produced 96.2Mt of lignite in 2006. The brown coal industry is dominated by RAG Aktiengesellschaft and RWE Power. .

    The Government of Germany announced in January 2007 that it planned to shut down its eight remaining black coal mines by 2018. This phase-out will be reviewed by parliament again in 2012 to see if its still makes economic sense. Seven of the remaining mines are in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, home to the Ruhr industrial region, and one is located in the small state of Saarland on the border with France. At present Germany's federal and regional governments subsidise coal mining by up to €2.5 billion a year and the deal ensures continued financial support for the sector until the last mine is closed. The plan does not affect Germany's brown coal mining sector which can produce coal more cheaply because it uses open-cast mines.

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    1. Pedro Núñez 54 months ago | reply

      how the light diffusses over the clouds... spectacular!

    2. RUSSIANTEXAN © 54 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture and great info!
      Wishing you perfect weekend.

    3. idefix on copyrights [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful light and composition

      Happy Halloween

    4. Pieter Musterd 54 months ago | reply

      Komen die grote wolken nu allemaal uit die pijpjes? Leuke foto hoor

    5. joxe@n 54 months ago | reply

      genial fotografia

    6. pergi28 54 months ago | reply

      Deine Zahlenangaben sind sehr eindrucksvoll und gleichzeitig auch erschreckend. Früher wäre man vielleicht stolz gewesen, dass dieses Land so reich an Kohle ist und weitreichende Reserven hat. Heute wissen wir, dass das Verbrennen von Kohle stark zur Klimaverschlechterung weltweit beiträgt. Deshalb muss sich D. sehr viel Mühe geben, von diesem fossilen Energiemittel wegzukommen. - Dein Foto gefällt mir sehr gut !

    7. Steve-h 54 months ago | reply

      Great shot, awful pollution !

    8. Heccastudio / I see you soon 54 months ago | reply

      wowowo fabulous compo wonderful pic wowowow great
      have a fun sunday my friend happy halloween!

    9. George L Smyth 54 months ago | reply

      What an ominous cloud. Very nicely captured.

    10. J.^2 54 months ago | reply

      Such gorgeous light rays!

    11. Photos Marlies 54 months ago | reply

      Wat een wolken! Geweldige foto!

    12. tokek belanda (very busy) 54 months ago | reply

      Wat een topplaat zeg! Bijna surrealistisch, heel mooi gedaan!

      Nog een fijne avond en alvast een goede start van de nieuwe week... :-)

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    13. Mirthe Duindam 54 months ago | reply

      Dus dáár is de wolkencentrale!!
      Prachtig licht en silhouetten!!

    14. *Chris van Dolleweerd* 54 months ago | reply

      die zonnestralen erboven zijn ook erg mooi!

    15. wandelgraaf(mostly off) 54 months ago | reply

      de industrie levert in ieder geval een sublieme foto op

    16. Guido Musch 54 months ago | reply

      Geweldig licht zeg, mooi Bert!

    17. Pati-G [Pati Gaitan] 52 months ago | reply

      very interesting, I had no idea this region of Germany had so many coal mines. . . . great picture.

    18. Photolab.AJ 49 months ago | reply

      So that's where they hide that cloud factory?!

      Truly intriguing photo.
      Cheers,
      AJ

    19. cowrin 41 months ago | reply

      Love the photo, I've used it on my blog suitablydespairing.blogspot.com

      Thanks for using Creative Commons

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