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Lubelski Węgiel
Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A.

Bogdanka is to request the ministry of environment to reconsider its application for the K-6-7 area mining licence

Tuesday, 2014-09-09

Lubelski Węgiel BOGDANKA S.A. announces that it intends to promptly apply for reconsideration of its application for the mining licence for the K-6-7 area; LW BOGDANKA has recently received information of a negative response to the application.

Furthermore, the Company is preparing to launching works related to exploration licence for the “Ostrów” deposit, as received in recent months, and expects to obtain the exploration licence for the “Orzechów” deposit.
 

Zbigniew Stopa, the President of the Management Board of LW BOGDANKA S.A.
"Our application for the mining licence for the K-6-7 area, filed in December 2013, fulfilled all formal criteria, which was confirmed by the Ministry of Environment. It is also worth mentioning that works aiming at obtaining the licence had been conducted for more than three years. This is why we are surprised with the Ministry’s refusal (given after such a long time from filing) as well as with its substantiation referring to the “public interest.” As a company which employs more than 5,000 people and holds 25% share in the market of coal supplies for commercial power industry, we extremely seriously treat the rules of social responsibility and taking the public interest into account in our business activities. Therefore it is key for us to take measures for extending the mine’s life as efficiently and reasonably as possible. If we obtained a licence for the K-6-7 deposit which is located in the vicinity of our deposits, we would be able to start mining in new areas within a short time and with the use of the existing infrastructure. Therefore we will promptly request the Ministry of Environment to reconsider our application.
I also want to emphasize that our development towards the K-6-7 deposit is not the sole potential for extending our resources. As soon as already in September we are planning to start works related to the “Ostrów” deposit exploration licence, obtained in June this year, which will allow LW Bogdanka to analyse and prepare its development plans towards north. Our existing operative resources ensure the mine’s life to last up until ca. 2034, however we would like to double them before 2020. According to my assessment there is no threat to this plan."

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