(SXcoal) Three major coal-rich provinces – Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi – registered a combined raw coal output of 1.27 billion tonnes in the first half of 2020, taking 70.52% of the China’s total, said the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Specifically, Shanxi province produced 488.18 million tonnes, up 2.3% year on year, accounting for 27.04% of the total.
Inner Mongolia contributed 26.22% of the total, at 473.44 million tonnes in the year to June, down 8.8% year on year.
Shaanxi province with 311.53 million tonnes of raw coal took 17.26% of the nationwide raw coal output, 16.8% higher than a year ago.
China’s raw coal output totaled 1.81 billion tonnes during the same period, up 0.6% year on year, compared with a 0.5% decline in the first quarter. In June, China registered 334.28 million tonnes of raw coal output, down 1.2% year on year, but up 4.84% month on month.
Shanxi (92.98 Mt), Inner Mongolia (83.52 Mt), Shaanxi (62.86 Mt), Xinjiang (21.63 Mt) and Guizhou (12.01 Mt) were among the top 5 provinces whose raw coal output surpassed 10 million tonnes in June.
Over the same period, Shanxi saw a year-on-year rise of 4.8% and a month-on-month increase of 8.96% or 7.65 million tonnes.
Inner Mongolia’s production of raw coal decreased 9.6% year on year and slightly slid 0.45% or 375,000 tonnes from the previous month.
Shaanxi’s output fell 0.3% year on year but rose 6.2 million tonnes or 10.94% month on month.
June last year, however, witnessed 6 provinces each with output above 10 million tonnes, which produced 280.23 million tonnes in total, accounting for 84.06% of the nationwide production. From this perspective, the raw coal output indeed went down this year.
In June, 2020, China’s 9 provinces enjoyed a year-on-year increase of raw coal output, and Xinjiang saw the largest year-on-year rise of 14.8% among others. Guangxi suffered the largest year-on-year decrease of 43.3% or 190,000 tonnes.
On the month-on-month basis, 13 provinces boasted a pickup in June, among which, Hubei province witnessed the biggest increase of 61.76% or 21,000 tonnes. Yunnan province’s raw coal output logged the steepest decline of 23.52% or 1.13 million tonnes.
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