Cottbus (dpa / bb) - The Lausitz opencast mine operator Leag has adapted its district planning to the decision to phase out coal and is planning in future without the Welzow II opencast mine. The company announced this on Thursday.

This means that the controversial part of the Welzow-Süd mine remains.

The place Proschim and parts of the city Welzow are located there.

People in Proschim, Welzow and the whole of Lusatia had fought for many years with supraregional support against the mine operator's plans for a new open pit.

According to the planning, the scope of the Reichwalde opencast mine in Saxony will also be limited.

In contrast, in the Mühlrose subfield in the Nochten opencast mine (Saxony), coal is still being mined as planned.

For this there is a need for the energy industry, especially in order to supply the Boxberg power plant in the long term, according to the Leag.

The Lausitz village of Mühlrose is the last place in Germany to have to give way to coal and will be relocated.

According to the Leag, a legally binding relocation agreement has been in place since March 2019.

With its adapted district planning, the company is now implementing the coal-fired power generation termination law (KVBG), which provides for shorter running times for the lignite power plants so that less coal is needed.


The Bundestag approved the contract with the lignite operators on Wednesday evening and thus gave its approval for the design of the statutory coal phase-out.

The contract provides for billions in compensation for the early shutdown of power plant blocks, for the Leag 1.75 billion euros are earmarked.

In order to protect the climate, the generation of electricity from coal should be a thing of the past by 2038 at the latest.