Public Power Corporation SA (PPC) is the leading producer and supplier of electricity in Greece, with approximately 7.5 million customers.
It’ s infrastructure extends from lignite mines to power stations. The installed capacity of generating units amounted in 2011 to 12.760MW corresponding to 70% of total installed capacity in the country.
PPC s Mining Business Unit (MBU) consists of the Department of Mines Studies and Development, Planning and Performance Management Department, Environmental Protection Department and Human Resources Department which are located in Athens, the Lignite Centre of Western Macedonia in Northern Greece-Macedonia and the Lignite Centre of Megalopolis in Southern Greece-Peloponesse. The most important open-cast lignite mines of Greece are located in those areas. The overall lignite output is mainly used for electricity generation.
Five open-cast mines are cited at Lignite Centres with an annual lignite production of about 62Mt (2012), an amount nine times greater than that for 1970.
According to this amount of lignite produced, Greece holds 3rd place of EU’ s lignite production and ranked among the 10 largest lignite producers in the world. [by P. Tzeferis]