Guizhou in southwestern China plans to close 55 coal mines with a total capacity of 6.63 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) so far this year, according to the five batches of mine closure lists released by the Guizhou provincial energy bureau.
The lists include 13 coal mines at 0.09 Mtpa each, 29 coal mines at 0.15 Mtpa each, two coal mines at 0.21 Mtpa each, eight coal mines at 0.3 Mtpa each and two coal mines at 0.45 Mtpa each. The small-sized coal mines are the main body for closure.
In addition, the bureau also published two batches of coal mines that are voluntary to close due to constraints like backward and unsafe production conditions, exhausting resources, unreasonable layout and inconsistence with the national industrial policies.
The first batch consists of 98 coal mines with a total capacity of 15.54 Mtpa, and the second batch includes 17 mines with a total capacity of 2.28 Mtpa.
Guizhou province had 258 coal mines in legal production with an approved capacity of 137.72 Mtpa as of June 30, showed the announcement from the bureau.
Another announcement showed that in the third quarter of 2020, Guizhou has 913 coal mines in total, comprising 257 coal mines in normal operation with a total capacity of 134 Mtpa and 97 coal mines under construction with a total capacity of 50.1 Mtpa.
In addition, 61 coal mines are announced to be closed with a total capacity of 11.82 Mtpa, 497 coal mines suspend production or construction with a total capacity of 175.59 Mtpa. Pingqiao mine is operating normally, yet the new mine is earmarked to suspend construction or operation, with a capacity of 0.45 Mtpa.
Guizhou province has been promoting the elimination of coal mines with a capacity of less than 0.30 Mtpa through capacity replacement, mergers and reorganizations and increasing central and provincial financial support.
By the end of 2020, the individual capacity of all coal mines in the province will be 0.3 Mtpa or more, of which medium- and large sized coal mines will account for more than 80%, and the scale of large coal groups will exceed 3 Mtpa each.
(Writing by Shengnan Liu Editing by Jessie Jia)
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