China's coke output fell 5% year on year to 39.67 million tonnes in August, with the decline deepening by 2.1 percentage points compared with the preceding month, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on September 15.
The production was also 0.83% lower compared with 40 million tonnes in 2019, data showed.
However, the output climbed 2.27% from the month prior, marking the first month-on-month increase since April this year. This was partly encouraged by continued surge in coke prices, which propelled production enthusiasm, despite output curbs from environmental checks and controls on energy consumption.
China's coke output totaled 319.58 million tonnes during January-August, rising 2.5% from a year ago, with the growth further narrowing 0.7 percentage point from the first seven months.
Coke producers proposed to raise coke prices by 200 yuan/t for the 11th round of uptick at the start of the week, in anticipation of tighter supply after the central inspectors stationed some production areas for environmental checks.
Shandong-based coking plants were requested to run at only around 50% of capacity, while coke production at Shanxi, Hebei, and Jiangsu was also affected to varying degrees.
The 11th uptick would bring the total increase to 1,560 yuan/t since the start of August.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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