China is estimated to increase 55 million tonnes of coal output from mines with commitment to guarantee coal supply in the fourth quarter, state media reported, citing an official of the National Mine Safety Administration at the State Council policies briefing on October 13.
The administration has reviewed 976 coal mines, 153 of which with 220 million tonnes per annum of capacity are qualified for supply guarantee conditions and estimated to add 55 million tonnes of output in the fourth quarter or 0.6 million tonnes each day, said senior safety official Sun Qingguo.
The volume is expected to help ease supply tightness and stabilize coal prices.
"Production expansion must be carried out in an orderly manner and at reasonable scale. Production increase should not be achieved by increasing workers and raising their working intensity, by diluting safety standard and lowering bottom line," said Sun.
"One-to-one safety technical service will be given to key production area to rule out potential hazards. Inspections will be carried out regularly to ensure safety during production and stable coal supply," he added.
(Writing by Lilya Li Editing by Tammy Yang)
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