Employee Missing in Flooding of RWE’s Inden Lignite Mine inGermany
Inden Lignite MineRWE

Employee Missing in Flooding of RWE’s Inden Lignite Mine inGermany

RWE’s open cast lignite mine at Inden in western Germany has suspended operations due to major flooding, following heavy rainfall in the region,

RWE’s open cast lignite mine at Inden in western Germany has suspended operations due to major flooding, following heavy rainfall in the region, resulting in a fatal incident. RWE said “All efforts to find the missing employee at the Inden open-cast mine have not been successful. Unfortunately, chances are that the employee cannot be found alive. The waters of the river Inde had flooded a dam near the village of Lamersdorf and subsequently entered the open-cast mine. The 58-year-old employee of a partner company was swept away by the flood. For many hours yesterday as well as through the night, a search for him was conducted on the ground and from the air with the help of fire brigade and police but to no effect. Further search attempts including the use of drones, police helicopters, search dogs and rescue boats were unsuccessful. Attempts will go on to recover the employee in the coming days.”

Lars Kulik, Member of the Executive Board at RWE Power and responsible for the lignite business said "All parties involved have done everything possible to find the missing colleague but unfortunately without success. We are all deeply shocked by this tragic event. Our thoughts are with his family that we will support in this difficult situation. I thank all the emergency services who have left no stone unturned."

Inden mine

Size of approved coalfield - 4,500 hectare

Operating area - approximately 1,700 hectare

Coal capacity - 260 million tonnes

Ratio of overburden to coal (total coalfield deposit) - 3.9:1

Overburden capacity per year - 70 - 90 million cubic meters

Coal output per year - Approximately 20 million tonnes

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