China's coal production amounted to 308 million tonnes in June, up 10.6% from a year ago and 3.55% from a month ago, as miners ramped up output to meet a pick-up in demand during the hot summer months, data from the National Statistics Bureau showed on July 17.
During the month, the top three bases ‒ Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi ‒ in China produced 203.61 million tonnes of coal in total, making up 66.11% of the whole country's production.
In the first half year, the country produced 1.7 billion tonnes of coal, up 5% from a year prior, compared 4.5% of year-on-year increase over January-May.
Authorities have called for coal miners to boost output to ensure power supplies as people crank up air conditioners with a prolonged heatwave hitting across the country.
Heavy rainfall has also slashed hydropower capacity in the south, helping boost demand for coal-fired electricity.
The country has fulfilled 65% of its target for capacity cutbacks on outdated coal capacity.
The bureau also showed coke output fell 1.4% in June from a year ago to 38.16 million tonnes.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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