Thailand imports of thermal coal (including bituminous coal and sub-bituminous coal) in May logged the second monthly drop in a row, according to the latest data from the Thailand Customs.
The country imported 1.64 million tonnes of thermal coal last month, slumping 31.34% from April and down 23.15% year on year, customs data showed.
Thailand's bituminous coal imports reached 0.65 million tonnes in May, a fall of 31.18% year on year and down 0.72% month on month.
It imported the largest volume of bituminous coal from Australia at 0.29 million tonnes, falling 34.31% from the same period last year.
A total of 0.21 million tonnes of bituminous coal were imported from Indonesia, ranking second, plunging 56.59% from 0.49 million tonnes during the corresponding period of a year ago.
Thailand imported 0.99 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal in May, down 16.76% from the year-ago level.
Of that, sub-bituminous coal imports from Indonesia amounted to 0.83 million tonnes, a decrease of 26.92% compared with the same period of the previous year.
Thailand imported 0.10 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal from Russia, while the imports were zero in May, 2019.
In May, anthracite imports were 340 tonnes in Thailand, up 206.31% from April. Thailand did not import any coking coal in May.
Thailand's cumulative thermal coal imports totaled 10.89 million tonnes over January-May, rising 9.01% over the same period last year.
In particular, bituminous coal and sub-bituminous coal imports added up to 3.81 million and 7.07 million tonnes, up 7.61% and 9.79% year on year respectively.
Data from the Office of Energy Policy and Planning of Thailand showed, Thailand consumed 11.83 million tonnes of coal (including lignite) in total from January to April, a 1.25% drop year on year.
Of that, 7.30 million tonnes of coal was burned in Thailand's coal-fired utilities, down 0.71% from a year ago, which accounted for 61.6% in Thailand's total coal consumption.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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