US coal production was estimated at 10.58 million short tons (9.59 million tonnes) over the week ending November 28, falling 5.2% from the previous week and down 10.7% from the same period last year, showed data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
It was also 26.7% lower than the five-year average level for the same period, data showed.
Coal production in Wyoming and Montana was estimated to total 5 million short tons, falling 4.2% week on week and down 9.1% from a year ago. Production in Illinois Basin was estimated at 1.3 million short tons, declining 5.7% from the preceding week and down 17% from the same period last year.
During the week, Northern Appalachian region was estimated to mine 1.5 million short tons of coal, 6.6% lower than the previous week and dropping 17.3% from the year-ago level. Coal production in Central Appalachia was 1.2 million short tons, down 5.5% week on week and falling 11.6% from the previous year.
So far this year (as of November 28), US coal production totaled 489 million short tons, sliding 24.7% year on year, said the EIA..
The EIA forecast in its "Short-Term Energy Outlook" issued in November that US coal production will tumble 26.2% on a yearly basis to 521 million short tons in 2020, hitting a new low since 504 million short tons in 1964. The projection was 4.3 million short tons lower than the forecast issued in October.
In 2021, US coal production is predicted to rebound to 627 million short tons, according to the outlook.
(Writing by Shengnan Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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