China achieved an 11.1% year-on-year rise in daily coal shipment via railway in the month to June 23, as the world's largest coal consumer stepped up rail transport from main coal mining provinces to help cope with potential shortage as power loads refreshed highs in hot summer.
The average coal shipment notched a high of 81,859 wagons during June 1-23, with year-on-year growth substantially quicker than a 7.04% increase in May. The volume also increased 3.07% from the average of 79,423 wagons in May.
Daily delivery of power coal, used for power generation, jumped 13.10% from the year prior to 53,036 wagons during the period, outpacing a 6.27% rise a month ago.
China has moved to boost rail coal transport on main routes to better tap coal resources in major production regions in ensuring energy security, especially as the country has been confronted with unprecedented challenges of tighter global coal supply, weak coal imports and record-breaking power load driven by higher-than-usual temperatures.
China's state railway operator required to make full advantage of Daqin, Tangbao, Wari and Haoji railways in shipping coal from top three coal bases of Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi, and meanwhile run several rail lines connecting Xinjiang at full tilt to give full play to this new resource star.
As a middle link, railway authorities will continue to give priority to power coal shipment to power utilities, as part of efforts to guarantee sufficient fuels to brace for possible pressures in electricity supply in the coming month.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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