Title: Current state and development of continuous systems on EPS opencast lignite mines

Authors: Dragan Ignjatovic; Vladimir Pavlovic; Slobodan Mitrovic; Branko Jevtic

Addresses: Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade, Djusina 7, Belgrade, Serbia ' Opencast Mining Centre, Kraljice Marije 25, Belgrade, Serbia ' EPS, Balkanska 13, Belgrade, Serbia ' EPS, Balkanska 13, Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract: Currently, opencast coal mines of Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) produce about 40 million tonnes of lignite per year within two basins (Kolubara and Kostolac basins) and five opencast mines (Field C, Field D, Field G, Tamnava West Field and Drmno). On that basis, 70% of Serbia's electric power is being produced in Serbia. Since some opencast mines are undertaking closure procedure, it is necessary to open replacement capacities in order to maintain lignite production. This paper shows the current state, development perspectives, opening plans for new opencast mines and planned continuous mining systems which are foreseen to operate in the future time period.

Keywords: opencast mines; Electric Power Industry of Serbia; EPS; continuous systems; lignite; ECC systems; ECS systems; Kolubara basin; Kostolac basin; mining dynamics; continuous equipment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMME.2019.104451

International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering, 2019 Vol.10 No.2/3/4, pp.90 - 110

Received: 05 Jan 2019
Accepted: 17 May 2019

Published online: 10 Jan 2020 *

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