China's rail operator -- China Railway Corporation (CRC) -- has allocated 1,500 and 1,000 rail wagons to the Taiyuan and Hohhot Railway Bureau, respectively, in a bid to ensure coal transport to Tianjin port, sources said.
The move came after the environment watchdog announced to replace road with railway for coal transport to Tianjin port before end-September, which insiders said would bring huge gain to CRC.
The forbidding of road-delivered coal to Tianjin port was part of the national effort to combat air pollution in the region.
The 2,500 rail wagons will be in place in a month, and CRC may further add rail capacity if needed, reported Caixin.com, citing one unnamed source.
CRC held a meeting with officials from the Taiyuan and Hohhot bureaus on February 24 to discuss measures to secure coal transport to Tianjin port.
There will be over 10 coal trains arriving at Tianjin port each day on average by the end of March, and the number of trains arriving will increase steadily in the coming months to reach 40 trains each day by the middle of the year, according to the report.
A total of 104 million tonnes of coal was delivered to Tianjin port last year, of which 48.52 million tonnes by rail and 56 million tonnes by road.
If the ban on truck-delivered coal to Tianjin port is enforced strictly, industry insiders said Zhangjiakou of Hebei may become a new coal gathering hub, from where coal will be transferred and railed to Tianjin and other major ports in Hebei.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Harry Huo)
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