Northern China's Hebei province held sufficient coal inventories at power plants despite a full-blown economic recovery from the epidemic, as the government persisted with steady coal supplies from mines within and outside the province.
As of June 19, all 55 coal plants across the province had 10.68 million tonnes of coal in stock, enough to cover 38.14 days of generation, a level much higher than the historical average.
Following the central government's guideline, Hebei strengthened indigenous production while stepping up shipments from other provinces and building up storage bases.
In January-May, Hebei's coal production reached 19.68 million tonnes, or 130,000 tonnes per day, beating the target set by the central government.
The local coal mining giant Jizhong Energy Group delivered term contract supplies to power plants within the province at a rate of 103.5% in May, playing a significant role in maintaining stockpiles of local power generators at a high level.
By cooperating with railway authorities, the province realized a "point-to-point" supply to any power plant with low-level stockpiles. In January-May, Hebei shipped 30.87 million tonnes of coal by train, up 12.5% year on year, and received railings (incl. indigenous and outside) of 55.09 million tonnes, a 9.9% rise.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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