Strip mine field, shut down by floods, resumes production
Coal production resumed on Thursday in the Veliki Crljeni coal seam of the Kolubara mining basin, which was heavily affected by the May flooding.Source: Tanjug
Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antić announced that the first quantities of coal will be sent to the Obrenovac thermal power plant Nikola Tesla (TENT) this weekend.
Coal production in Veliki Crljeni resumed some fifty days before schedule, saving around EUR 30 million worth of electricity, which means that Serbia will not need to import electricity during winter, said the minister.
This is the third coal seam to reopen in Kolubara after the May floods - Field B and Field D, and finally Veliki Crljeni, where around 20,000 tons of coal will be produced every day.
"There was a lake here in late May and the initial, optimistic plan was to drain the water by October 1,“ Antić specified in his statement to reporters.
Veliki Crljeni coal seam was flooded on May 15 with approximately 27 million cubic meters of water, and around 22 million cubic meters have so far been drained.
Kolubara director Milorad Grčić said that the mining basin produced 45,000 tons of lignite a day, noting that the daily output now stands at 65,000 tons or nearly 80 percent of the planned quantity.