North China's coal heartland Xilingol in Inner Mongolia pledged to increase coal production and supply through multiple ways after studying current situations, in order to meet surging coal demand during this winter heating season, according to a meeting on September 14.
The meeting stressed authorities and coal producers should shoulder responsibility of guaranteeing energy security, particularly when domestic coal shortage continues to bite.
China has been facing difficulties in raising coal production to meet rising power demand in recent months, due mainly to mounting pressure from safety and environmental watchdogs. The issue became trickier with another peak demand season drawing near.
The coal crunch last winter has drove many northern provinces to start stocking up coal inventory in advance to avoid such situations in this winter heating season, but it seems to face more hurdles along with China's more ambitious goal in combating air pollution, which incorporates more cities into the anti-pollution campaign, including major coal provinces of Shanxi, Shandong and Henan.
Xilingol saw a strong yearly growth of 10.9% in raw coal production over January-July this year, but electricity growth was much quicker at 30.8% during the period, showed data from local statistics bureau.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Alex Guo)
For any questions, please contact us by firstname.lastname@example.org or +86-351-7219322.