Indonesia's coal production totaled 228 million tonnes in January-May, down 8% from the same period last year, and reaching 41% of its 2020 output target of 550 million tonnes, Indonesian government data showed.
During the first quarter of this year, the country churned out 143 million tonnes of coal, higher than a year ago. Output in the following months of April and May, however, fell 11.5% and 30% year on year to 42.9 million tonnes and 37.8 million tonnes, respectively, due to interruption of COVID-19 epidemic.
During the first five months, Indonesia's coal exports stood at 175 million tonnes, a 10.6% decrease from the year-ago exports of 196 million tonnes reported by the BPS-Statistics Indonesia.
The country's coal exports in the first quarter were down 0.9% from a year ago to 115 million tonnes.
Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources forecast the country's whole-year exports in 2020 would reach 435 million tonnes, 40 million tonnes higher than the target previously set by the Indonesian government, yet still down 21 million tonnes compared with 2019's figure of 456.4 million tonnes.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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