China State Railway Group has embarked on a 60-day campaign to ensure coal supply in the winter heating season starting from November in the northern region, state media reported.
Hohhot Thermal Power Plant, the largest heating provider for the capital city of Inner Mongolia that covers nearly one fourth of the total heating area, received more than 4,000 tonnes of coal a day through railways.
Now the plant has more than 300,000 tonnes of inventory, enough for 20-25 days of consumption, an official introduced.
Inner Mongolia, which is also one key coal producer in China, has dispatched seven trains delivering more than 30,000 tonnes of coal to the northeast each day since the beginning of this month.
The coal production base has also sent 22 coal trains per day to the north, south and east regions of China through heavy-haul railways like Tanghu and Haoji lines.
Manzhouli border crossing, the largest inland hub of Russian coal imports, have run 22 pieces of handling equipment at full capacity each day since November, with a surge of 62.5% in the average daily handling volume compared with the same period a month ago.
In the first ten days of November, coal offtakes through Manzhouli have reached 83,400 tonnes, nearly five-folded the size during October 1-10.
Meanwhile, Daqin and Wari, two heavy-haul coal-dedicated railways delivering coal from the north to northern ports and the east region, saw a 6.1% rise year on year in daily average transportation during November 1-11, adding the total volume to 21.17 million tonnes over the period.
China Railway is aiming at ramping up the daily delivery to more than 72,000 tonnes in November and December, ensuring the combined coal stock of Qinhuangdao, Jintang and Caofeidian ports to reach no less than 17 million tonnes.
As of November 16, the three ports' inventory amounted to 17.61 million tonnes, reaching the highest this month.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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