Southwestern China's Guizhou province had 571 coal mines by the end of 2016, with capacity of 170 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), said the provincial Energy Administration days earlier.
Guiyang city in the province had 19 coal mines by end-2016, with capacity of 2.73 Mtpa, while Liupanshui and Zunyi cities had 128 and 64 coal mines, with capacity of 59.03 Mtpa and 15.03 Mtpa, respectively.
The province planned to shut 15.03 Mtpa of coal capacity by closing 120 mines in 2017, said officials of the provincial Administration of Work Safety.
The province said in March last year it would shed coal capacity of over 70 Mtpa by shutting 510 mines in the next three to five years.
By 2020, total coal production in the province will be controlled at 200 million tonnes or so, and the number of coal mines will reduce to 750.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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