China Railway Taiyuan Group shifted to new train operating plan for the fourth quarter from October 11, in a bid to step up term contract coal rail transportation to power and heat plants to ease energy woes, according to China News.
The measure came as China's top coal-producing province Shanxi signed 55 million tonnes long term coal supply contracts with other 14 provinces for the fourth quarter amid the nationwide fuel shortage.
This posed challenge to railing capacity of Daqin rail line which is operated by CR Taiyuan Group, which is responsible for the majority of coal shipment from production region to northern ports.
This new diagram will increase daily number of trains in service to 87 from Hudong station in Datong city of Shanxi to south Liucun in Qinhuangdao city of Hebei, including both 15,000-tonne and 21,000-tonne rail wagons, in order to meet thermal coal demand from various regions in the country.
(Writing by Lilya Li Editing by Tammy Yang)
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