Ordos city in northern China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region will continue construction of 26 coal mines during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), with production capacity totaling 171 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), said an official document released on government website.
There were two coal mines that just started construction during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, with capacity combined at 24 Mtpa, said the document.
The city will build 38 modern alternative coal mines over 2016-2020, with capacity totaling 293.6 Mtpa and investment estimated at 169.5 billion yuan.
It expected Ordos coal consumption to climb to 200 million tonnes by 2020 from 98 million tonnes in 2015; meanwhile coal output may grow to 650 million tonnes by 2020 from 615 million tonnes in 2015.
There will be 450 million tonnes of coal delivered to other regions from Ordos per year during the period.
By 2020, the number of Ordos coal firms will decrease to less than 100. The city plans to foster one coal enterprise with 100 Mtpa of capacity, four with 50 Mtpa of capacity and ten with 10 Mtpa of capacity by 2020, accounting for over 85% of the city's coal production.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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