Germany: HeidelbergCement applies for new Vohenbronnen quarry permit

Germany: HeidelbergCement applies for new Vohenbronnen quarry permit
Published: 17 June 2016

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HeidelbergCement has applied for a new, long-term mining permit for the Vohenbronnen quarry.  The current authorisation expires in 2020, the company announced.

The Schelklingen cement plant extracts raw materials from the Vohenbronnen quarry, which is located just 3km away, situated in the districts of Schelklingen, Schmiechen, Pappelau and Ringingen. The raw material is then transported on a 2km-long conveyor belt directly into the cement plant.

The Schelklingen cement plant needs 2Mta to 2.5Mta of limestone, marl and clay from the quarry Vohenbronnen and is dependent on long-term security of raw material availability. The currently-reduced mining will run on about 64ha in the northern and eastern parts of the quarry, HeidelbergCement said in a press release. About 34ha of the quarry land have also already been rehabilatated back to a natural environment.

The company is also seeking an areal quarry extension for the approximately 46ha, in the Danube-Iller designated regional plan, for the extraction of raw materials priority area north of the current mining sites.