The increased needs for lignite production, in order to supply PPC’s lignite units which are now once again carrying a large burden of the country’s electricity production, push PPC to reopen the Lakkia mine.
In fact, PPC’s planning foresees the reopening of the mine as early as the beginning of November, with the aim of excavating 1 million tons of lignite over a period of 10 months.
For this purpose, PPC has announced a tender with the object “Excavation-loading, transport, depositing and layering of 2.6×106 M3 of overburden and intermediate races and 1.0×106 tons of lignite from the Lakkia Mine – Full coverage of Contracting in terms of auxiliary machinery”.
The total project budget, according to PPC’s estimate, amounts to 3,755,380 euros.
The opening of the Lakkia mine will strengthen PPC’s ability to maintain uninterrupted supply, and thus the operation of the lignite units in the West. Macedonia (PPP Ptolemaida 5, PPPP Agios Dimitrios, PPPP Melitis units).
The operation of the mine, which for about a decade fed the AIS Kardias, had been stopped in previous years, as it was judged that the exploitation of the relatively poor deposit was not needed in conditions of limited needs for lignite for the purposes of electricity generation.
The mine had reopened for some time in order to meet the needs of AIS Amyntaio after the large landslide that caused enormous damage to the Amyntaio mine in the summer of 2017.