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.

The Deposits

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.

Project Stages

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.

Exploration Licence
An exploration licence according to §7 BBergG gives the entrepreneur the right to explore for state-owned raw materials in a defined exploration licence field. It is the legal means for exploring potential raw material deposits.
Mining Licence
The mining licence according to §8 BBergG gives the entrepreneur the right to explore for and exploit state-owned raw materials in a defined licence field. The necessary operating facilities may be erected and operated for this purpose.
The scoping meeting is a meeting at which the company presents the project to the mining authority and the public authorities involved. Subsequently, the subject, scope and method of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) are determined. (Whether an EIA has to be carried out is decided on the basis of the screening, a preliminary EIA assessment). In most cases, the regional planning association is invited to participate in order to identify any deviations from the objectives of spatial planning or conflicts and to carry out a regional planning procedure with integrated deviation from objectives procedure.
Regional Planning Procedure
The regional planning procedure serves to coordinate regional plans and measures with each other and with the requirements of regional planning. The aim is to avoid planning errors and to disclose planning intentions at an early stage. The legal basis in Saxony is provided by §§15 + 16 of the State Planning Act.
Life of Mine Plan
The life of mine plan provides an overview of a future mining project and sets the framework for future sections to be approved by further operating plans. However, the practical work requires the approval of main operating plans, the duration of which usually does not exceed two years. A life of mine plan thus offers the possibility to present a larger temporal context of the project, so that the long-term development of the overall project can be assessed in advance. In this way, any negative impacts on public safety and order and especially on the environment can be recognised, taken into account, avoided or compensated for at an early stage.

Environmental Impact Assessment
Pursuant to §3 UVPG (Environmental Impact Assessment Act), environmental assessments comprise the identification, description and evaluation of the significant effects of a project, plan or programme on the objects of protection. They serve to ensure effective environmental precautions in accordance with the applicable laws and are carried out according to uniform principles and with public participation.