In 1994, Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG) was the first East German brown coal company to be privatized. Activities of the company have been focused in the south of Saxony-Anhalt – the company’s headquarters are located at the city of Zeitz – and in the region south of Leipzig. MIBRAG is the sole shareholder of the companies Helmsteder Revier (HSR), GALA-MIBRAG-Service, Bohr- und Brunnenbau, MIBRAG Consulting International and MIBRAG Neue Energie. The company holds shares in three more entities offering a wide range of services from energy generation, landscaping to civil engineering, disposal, mine engineering services and the operation of a wind farm at the border of the United Schleenhain mine in Saxony. The MIBRAG group currently employs 2,700 staff, including nearly 150 trainees.
Since its privatization, the company has invested more than EUR 1.4bn in innovative, safe technology and environmental protection measures. For more than two decades MIBRAG has made a stable contribution to the security of supply in the energy and heat sector. A total up to 20 million tonnes of raw lignite are produced at both mines in Profen (Saxony-Anhalt) and United Schleenhain (Saxony) each year. The modern Lippendorf (Saxony) and Schkopau (Saxony-Anhalt) power plants are major customers of the domestic fuel. The company also includes a dust plant at Deuben and industrial power plants at Deuben and Wählitz. MIBRAG’s industrial power plants – among other things – supply district heating, hot water and steam to end customers and private households. Lignite fuel dust is further processed in the cement industry.
The fact that MIBRAG cooperates with more than 1,060 service providers and suppliers shows the economic importance of the company for Central Germany. A share of about 65 percent of all goods and services are purchased in the region.
In 2018, a total of 18.8 million tonnes of raw coal and 133,000 tonnes of lignite fuel dust were produced by the Central German brown coal company. Generation of MIBRAG’s Wählitz and Deuben power plants totaled 588 gigawatt hours. The Lippendorf and Schkopau power plants, Südzucker AG Zeitz, and the Chemnitz heating plants are major raw coal customers. MIBRAG’s raw lignite is used to produce district heating for about 200,000 households in the region comprising Leipzig and Chemnitz. MIBRAG‘s own Wählitz and Deuben power plants supply district heating, hot water and steam to households, industrial companies and small businesses.
Raw lignite has been continuously delivered on conveyor belts from United Schleenhain mine directly to Lippendorf power plant since 1999 (1,840 MW). Capital investments were – among other things – made in a coal blending stockyard, the installation of new belt conveyors and the refurbishment of large mining equipment. Until 2038, the mine will deliver about 10 million tonnes of raw lignite per year to the power plant in the region south of Leipzig. New technologies like the use of portal scrapers for homogenization of coal qualities at the coal blending stockyard help to increase efficiency of production. The gradual transition from Schleenhain mining field to the second mining field at Peres started in 2014. A new mass distribution facility in which MIBRAG will invest a total of about EUR 45m by 2023 will become the logistical heart of the mining field. Coal production started at Peres in 2016.
With the development of the Schwerzau mining field, the necessary conditions were created for an annual coal production of 7.5 million tonnes at the Profen mine. During the past years, capital investments focused on the installation and upgrade of a bucket wheel excavator of the 2000 series and commissioning of a mass distribution facility. Gradual transition to the new Domsen mining field started, when overburden operations were assumed in 2017.
MIBRAG has established itself as a reliable partner and stabilizing factor in the economic life of Central Germany. A total share of about 65 percent of delivery contracts covering an average annual order volume of EUR 180m have been concluded with companies in the Central German region alone. On this basis, mining helps to secure jobs also outside the company. Furthermore, the company is strongly committed to local alliances for jobs and for regional economic development.