China Shenhua Energy Co., Ltd., the country's largest listed coal producer, reported a 6.3% year-on-year rise in commercial coal production to 26.8 million tonnes in April, according to the company's monthly operation report on May 17.
Yet its coal sales declined 15.4% from the year prior to 36.8 million tonnes last month, with drop expanding by 7.1 percentage points from March, mainly due to reduced sales to market buyers.
In January-April, the company's commercial coal production totaled 107.6 million tonnes, up 4.3% year on year, and sales were 142.5 million tonnes, down 10.3% year on year.
The giant miner's coal vessel loading at Huanghua port totaled 18.4 million tonnes in April, down 2.6% year on year; volumes at the company's Tianjin coal wharf were 3.3 million tonnes, down 5.7% year on year.
Coal loading at Huanghua and Tianjin ports totaled 70.3 million and 13 million tonnes during the first four months of 2022, falling 5% and 9.7 % on the year, respectively.
Shenhua also runs some coal-based power plants and coal-chemical plants. In April, the firm's power generation totaled 12.83 TWh, rising 5.6% year on year, sending the figure during January-April to 59.58 TWh, rising 20.8% on the year.
Its power sales were 12.03 TWh in April, a 5.2% rise on the year, with total volume at 56.02 TWh during the first four months of 2022, up 21% year on year.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Harry Huo)
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