Thailand's thermal coal imports (including sub-bituminous coal and bituminous coal) in October rose 18.73% year on year to 2.24 million tonnes, showed data from the Thailand Customs.
The figure, however, dropped 9.26% from a month earlier.
In October, Thailand's bituminous coal imports increased by 3.68% year on year to 698,400 tonnes, which decreased 34.26% from September.
The country imported the largest amount of bituminous coal totaling 424,500 tonnes from Australia, up 24.86% from a year ago; Indonesia took the second place with 273,900 tonnes, down 17.58% on the year.
Thailand imported 1.54 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal in October, up 27.08% on the year and 9.59% from September. Indonesia was its largest supplier with 1.38 million tonnes, up 19.21% from 1.16 million tonnes in October 2019. Russia offered 166,100 tonnes, surging 186.38% from 58,000 tonnes a year ago.
Imports of anthracite in October soared 189.02% month on month and 178.37% year on year to 23,300 tonnes. The nation didn't import any coking coal in the month.
In first ten months of 2020, Thailand imported a total of 20.31 million tonnes of thermal coal, up 4.12% year on year. It included 7.21 million tonnes of bituminous coal, a year-on-year fall of 1.67%, and 13.1 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal, up 7.62% year on year.
Coal consumption (including lignite) of Thailand in the year to September totaled 26.59 million tonnes, falling 2.46% year on year, according to the country's Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO). Power utilities burnt 16.2 million tonnes of coal, a year-on-year fall of 2.91%, accounting for 60.9% of the country's total.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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