Thailand imported a total of 2.39 million tonnes of thermal coal (including bituminous coal and sub-bituminous coal) in April, rising 25.05% year on year while falling 6.04% month on month, according to the latest data from the Thailand Customs.
The figure reported the first month-on-month reduction since this year.
Thailand's bituminous coal imports reached 0.66 million tonnes in April, a fall of 7.1% year on year and 24.36% month on month respectively.
Of that, bituminous coal imports from Indonesia were most at 0.37 million tonnes, jumping 73.85% from 0.21 million tonnes during the same period last year.
A total of 0.14 million tonnes of bituminous coal were imported from Australia, ranking second, plunging 67.1% from 0.44 million tonnes during the corresponding period of a year ago.
Thailand imported 1.74 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal in April, up 43.85% from the year-ago level.
Of that, sub-bituminous coal imports from Indonesia amounted to 1.50 million tonnes, an increase of 31.03% compared with 1.15 million tonnes in the same period of the previous year.
Thailand imported 0.17 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal from Colombia, while the imports were zero in April, 2019.
In April, anthracite imports were 8,666 tonnes in Thailand, up 9.32% from March. Anthracite imports during the same period last year stood at only 52 tonnes. Thailand did not import any coking coal in April.
Thailand's cumulative thermal coal imports totaled 9.25 million tonnes over January-April, skyrocketing 785.13% over the same period last year.
In particular, bituminous coal and sub-bituminous coal imports added up to 3.16 million tonnes and 6.08 million tonnes, a growth of 21.72% and 15.81% year on year respectively.
Data from the Office of Energy Policy and Planning of Thailand showed, Thailand consumed 8.94 million tonnes of coal (including lignite) in total from January to March, a 1.78% rise year on year.
Of that, 5.52 million tons of coal was burned in Thailand's coal-fired utilities, rising 1.49% from a year ago, which accounted for 61.7% in Thailand's total coal consumption.
(Writing by Shengnan Liu Editing by Jessie Jia)
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