The Rittersgrün project comprises the Hämmerlein, Tellerhäuser (Dreiberg, Zweibach) and Breitenbrunn partial deposits. Taken together, these represent one of the most significant tin resources in the world.
Saxore submitted an application for a mining licence under §8 of the BBergG in November 2019. This application was approved in August 2020.
The mining licence area is located in the western Erzgebirge between Schwarzenberg and Oberwiesenthal.
The valuable commodities are tin, zinc, indium and iron.
Mining has been practiced in the region since the Middle Ages.
Map basis: © State Enterprise for Geographic Information and Surveying Saxony (GeoSN) Representation based on data from the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology.
Within the framework of the mining licence according to §7 BBergG, the partial deposits Hämmerlein, Tellerhäuser, Breitenbrunn and Antonsthal in the exploration licence field "Breitenbrunn_Indo" were explored. The partial deposits were re-screened, evaluated, interpreted and finally re-evaluated on the basis of the available, extensive old data. For one partial deposit, the exploration was also carried out in a very practical way with bulk sampling and underground channel sampling. The material obtained underground was analysed, compared with the old data and a test operation was carried out in a newly designed pilot processing plant. A re-evaluation of the data showed that the partial deposits Hämmerlein and Tellerhäuser can be classified as economically recoverable at the present time. The partial deposit Antonsthal is currently not economically recoverable and was therefore not part of the applied for permit field.
Based on the exploration work just mentioned, Saxore Bergbau GmbH submitted an application in November 2019 for the granting of a mining licence in accordance with §8 BBergG for the exploitation of state-owned raw materials for the Rittersgrün field. This application was approved in August 2020. The scoping meeting is currently being prepared. The diagram below shows the next steps in the approval process.