South Africa's coal production slid 5.9% to 20.7 million tonnes in November 2020 compared with 22 million tonnes a year earlier, showed the government statistics.
This was due to softened demand from Eskom as a lot of coal-fired power plants shut operations and coal stocks were high. In addition, some miners didn't resume mining activity after lockdowns in mid-2020.
The November output increased 3.9% from October level, statistics showed.
Eskom, as the largest power generator in South Africa, consumes nearly 1/2 of the country's domestic coal output.
In January-November, South Africa produced a total 223 million tonnes of coal, falling down 4.1% from the preceding year.
The country exported 31.1 million tonnes of coal over July-November, up by 9.3% year on year. Around 1/4 of its coal output is for exports mainly through Richards Bay.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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