China will increase more than 200 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of advanced coal production capacity in this year, as part of efforts to strengthen coal supply and better respond to surging demand in seasonal peak periods.
More than 140 Mtpa of advanced coal capacity had been added in the first half of this year by commissioning new coal projects, expanding, intellectually reconstructing and continuing the existing coal projects.
In January-June, China has newly commissioned 90 Mpta of coal capacity, expanded 30 Mpta in existing coal projects and resumed 18 Mpta at open-pit coal mines in Ordos of Inner Mongolia.
The second half year will see the remaining 110 Mtpa of new advanced capacity, including over 40 Mpta in capacity replacement and expansion projects and 70 Mpta to be commissioned after construction.
In the meantime, structure of coal capacity has been obviously optimized with a batch of backward capacity phased out in the past five years. The number of coal mines was reduced to 4,700 from over 10,000 in end-2015, while average coal capacity of each coal mine was improved to over 1.1 Mpta from 580,000 million tonnes per year.
Large coal mines with 1.2 Mtpa of capacity contribute to more than 80% of the country's total coal production, of which over 50 coal mines have capacity of 10 Mpta.
(Writing by Lilya Li Editing by Tammy Yang)
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