China's railway groups are taking various measures to ensure thermal coal shipment as major power utilities are restocking at large scale for the winter heating season, state media reported.
CR Taiyuan Group, a subsidiary of China State Railway Group, streamlined construction and transportation plans to reduce the impact of Daqin railway's daily 180-minute autumn maintenance, the People's Railway Daily reported.
Over October 11-18, there were 122 trains of C80 open-top coal wagons loaded each day averagely, five trains more than the month ago, helping boost coal inventory at Qinhuangdao Port to 5 million tonnes or so.
CR Harbin Group also strengthened coal shipment, with 3.63 million tonnes of coal railing in first half of October, daily loading at 3,659 wagons, increasing 38 wagons month on month.
Jixi Train Depot, controlled by CR Harbin Group, has cut down nearly 1/4 working hours, shipping 159,000 tonnes of coal so far in October, up 6.3% or 9,548 tonnes year on year.
Hailaer Train Depot at Hulun Buir city under CR Harbin Group, responsible for coal shipment from 13 mines of 9 coal producers in the city, kept close connection with power plants and carried 2.29 million tonnes of coal within half a month, rising 9.2% month on month.
Kiamusze Train Depot, also under CR Harbin Group, finished 313,000 tonnes of coal railing with 4,646 wagons.
Qitaihe Railway Station, one top-class station of CR Harbin, set up dynamic update mechanism with Xinxing and Xinjian coal preparation plants to get a full picture of storage, production and expected sales. The first non-stop coal shipment train this year also got off from the station.
Presently, major power and heat companies in Harbin, including Huaneng Power and Heat Company and Datang Power Plant, have sufficient coal stocks, according to the report.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Harry Huo)
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