Thailand's thermal coal imports (including sub-bituminous coal and bituminous coal) in January fell 7.72% year on year but rose 1.87% month on month to 1.92 million tonnes, showed data from the Thailand Customs.
In January, Thailand's bituminous coal imports surged 91.59% on month to 860,500 tonnes, a year-on-year rise of 11.96%.
The country imported the largest amount of bituminous coal totaling 452,600 tonnes from Indonesia, up 36.74% from a year ago; Australia took the second place with 370,300 tonnes, down 5.46% on the year.
Thailand imported 913,100 tonnes of sub-bituminous coal in January, down 20.83% on the year and 29.32% from December 2020. Indonesia was its largest supplier with 791,800 tonnes, falling 31.34% from 1.15 million tonnes in January 2020.
Imports of anthracite in January plunged 79.2% month on month to 1,200 tonnes, much lower than 37,000 tonnes a year ago. The nation didn't import any coking coal in the month.
Thailand imported a total of 23.58 million tonnes of thermal coal in 2020, up 8.48% from 2019. It included 8.2 million tonnes of bituminous coal, a year-on-year increment of 1.59%, and 15.38million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal, up 12.55% year on year.
Coal consumption (including lignite) of Thailand in 2020 totaled 35.68 million tonnes, ticking up by 0.6% year on year, according to the country's Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO). Power utilities burnt 21.73 million tonnes of coal, a year-on-year fall of 1.86%, accounting for 60.9% of the country's total.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Harry Huo)
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