The National Energy Administration gave the green light to four coal mine projects in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on August 31, to forge the region as another large coal production base behind Shanxi, Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia.
The four projects, which should be built by replacing equal or more old capacity in other places, have a combined designed capacity of 5.1 million tonnes per annum.
Runtian Coal Mine, located in Toksun county, Turpan city, is funded with a total investment of 1.06 billion yuan (excluding mining rights expenses). Its designed capacity is 1.2 million tonnes per year, supported with a preparation plant with the same scale.
Yuangxia Coal Mine, located in Luntai county, has a total investment of 1.14 billion yuan (excluding mining rights expenses). Its capacity is also designed at 1.2 million tonnes, coupled with preparation plant of the same size.
The Phase I project of Tiaohu No.3 Mine in Santanghu mining area, Hami city, funded with 1.09 billion yuan (excluding mining rights expenses), is also designed with the annual capacity of 1.2 million tonnes.
The No.1 integrated mine field project in the resource integration zone of Qiketai mining area, Shanshan county, has a designed capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum, with a total investment of 840 million yuan (excluding mining rights expenses).
NEA has made it clear that any illegal capacity expansion and overproduction are absolutely forbidden.
In January-July, Xinjiang's coal production totaled 147.26 million tonnes, accounting for 6.94% of China's total.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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