LEAG is the largest power plant operator in eastern Germany and also among the biggest private employers in this area. The portfolio comprises mining, refining and generating electricity and heat from lignite. LEAG operates four mines, four power plants and one refining plant. Additionally LEAG is expanding their business areas. Therefore the focus is set on future-oriented energy technologies in the fields of renewable energy, electricity storage and cross-sectoral cooperation as well as energy and industrial services for the market.
LEAG as a brand stands jointly for two key operating companies and their subsidiaries: Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG. The main area of operation is the Lusatian mining district – the second largest mining district in Germany.
Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG is responsible for the four Lusatian opencast mines Jänschwalde, Welzow-Süd, Nochten and Reichwalde. They supply the power plants Jänschwalde, Schwarze Pumpe, Lippendorf and Boxberg as well as the refining plant Schwarze Pumpe. Briquette and pulverised lignite are processed from the raw material here. The lignite is transported using the company’s own central railway network.
Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG supplies lignite from the opencast mines with a strong focus on reducing and limiting any unavoidable impact of mining on the environment and landscapes. With timely recultivation measures, parallel to mining, a safe diverse postmining landscape is created with forests, agricultural land and areas for nature conservation. The opencast mine Cottbus-Nord, closed as plan in 2015, is being transformed into a lake – the future Cottbuser Ostsee Lake which is scheduled to be finished in mid-2020s. It will be the biggest postmining lake in Germany.
The power plant operations are the responsibility of Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG. This has three plants in the Lusatian mining area (Jänschwalde, Schwarze Pumpe, Boxberg) and a 50 percent share of the Lippendof power plant located close to Leipzig, which is operated by LEAG and is supplied by MIBRAG with lignite from the opencast mine nearby. The power plants generate electricity reliably and in line with demand, supply regional district heating and provide process steam for industrial customers.
As the electricity sector in Germany is currently undergoing a fundamental upheaval, LEAG is expanding its business field. With the BigBattery Lausitz, a power storage facility is being established at the Schwarze Pumpe site that is unique in Europe. Continuous operations start in summer 2020. With the virtual power plants “LEAG energy cubes” there is the opportunity of connecting assets of different sizes and functions to agile, virtual units for the electricity market. The industrial services of the mining division consisting of machine and steel construction work as well as maintenance of rail vehicles are offered on the open market under the brand name MCR engineering.
In addition, there are the services of the subsidiaries of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG. Transport- und Speditionsgesellschaft Schwarze Pumpe mbH (TSS GmbH), is a full-service provider for logistics, material and warehouse management. The planning and service company GMB GmbH provides industrial services in the fields of mining, engineering as well as electricity and heat generation.