Northern China's Shanxi province had 668 coal mines in operation by the end of 2020, with the combined production capacity of 1.05 billion tonnes per annum, according to an announcement by Shanxi Energy Administration on January 15.
Compared with the data released by the administration on December 1, 2020 for the situation before the end of October, the number of coal mines increased 30 and the production capacity increased 41.65 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).
The new version said there were 324 mines each with production capacity reaching 1.2 Mtpa and above, whose capacity amounted to 773.6 Mtpa, accounting for 74% of total capacity. There were 340 mines with capacity of 0.9 Mtpa and below; their capacity combined totaled 265.9 Mtpa, or 25% of total.
Shanxi overtook Inner Mongolia as the largest coal producer in China since the beginning of 2020. In January-November, the province's coal production totaled 962.13 million tonnes, accounting for 27.6% of China's total.
China's domestic output from Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi has been insufficient since September last year due to a variety of factors, including safety and environmental inspections, leading to weaker supply than demand.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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