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Owner nixes coal mine expansion over German climate plans

Owner nixes coal mine expansion over German climate plans

BERLIN — The owner of one of Germany’s biggest coal mines is shelving plans to expand the site because of government efforts to curb the country’s carbon emissions.

Czech-owned consortium LEAG said late Thursday that lignite extraction at Jaenschwalde , near Germany’s eastern border with Poland, will end in 2023.

A nearby coal-fired power plant will continue operating for another eight to 10 years using lignite from other mines.

The company said plans to expand a mine in Nochten, to the south, will also be scaled back. It intends to decide on the future of a third mine by 2020.

LEAG said the German government “obviously wants to achieve Germany’s climate goals largely on the back of lignite.”

The consortium bought the German coal assets of Swedish energy company Vattenfall last year.

The Associated Press