Raw coal output at China's three major production areas –Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, and Shaanxi – stood at 808.36 million tonnes in the first four months this year, taking 70.14% of the country's total, showed data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The proportion was a marginal increase from 69.19% in January-March.
China's raw coal production totaled 1.15 billion tonnes during the same period, a year-on-year increase of 1.3%, which compared with a 0.5% reduction in January-March, data showed.
Northern China's Shanxi province produced 309.05 million tonnes of raw coal in the first four months, up 2.2% year on year, accounting for 26.82% of China's total.
Followed was neighboring Inner Mongolia region with 306.64 million tonnes of raw coal output over January-April, down 7.5% year on year, taking 26.61% of China's total.
Shaanxi province in northwestern China contributed 192.66 million tonnes of raw coal output or 16.72% of the country's total in the same period, up 22.8% year on year.
About 77.54% or 893.59 million tonnes of China's raw coal output during January-April came from four provinces each with output above 50 million tonnes.
In April, China produced 322.12 million tonnes of raw coal, with a year-on-year growth slowing down from 9.6% from March to 6%. Daily output reached 10.74 million tonnes, a fall of 140,000 tonnes compared with the average in March.
Shanxi still ranked first in raw coal production last month, at 85.95 million tonnes, rising by 5.1% on the year, followed was Inner Mongolia with output down 2.6% from a year ago to 85.28 million tonnes.
Shaanxi's coal output surged 28.8% from the year prior to 56.01 million tonnes in April, which was the fastest yearly growth among all the provinces and regions in the country.
Guangxi, in southwestern China, logged the steepest year-on-year decline of 46.5% to 15,700 tonnes in April and a 53.1% fall to 60,600 tonnes during the first four months.
Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai cities, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Hainan provinces, and Xizang autonomous region did not produce raw coal last months.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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