Indonesia's coal production reached 286 million tonnes in the first six months this year, only 45.76% of its annual target of 625 million tonnes, said the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM).
In a domestic webinar on July 22, Sujatmiko, director of Coal Development and Exploitation of the ESDM, reported the production has already passed 50% of the initial target of 550 million tonnes, but it was a little lagged behind from the renewed goal.
Of the 625-million-tonne guideline, 138 million is for domestic market obligation (DMO) and the rest is for export, Sujatmiko introduced.
He said rains and floods decelerated coal production it the first half, especially in key mining areas of South Kalimantan, where the wet weather still persists at present. He added that miners also found it hard to expand production as heavy equipment is hardly available.
Sujatmiko said the ESDM will provide full support to facilitate the approval of mining permits to help miners accelerate production in the second half. He added coal companies that propose to increase production can get permits more quickly.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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