Northeastern China's Heilongjiang province has made a good preparation for the winter heating period this year with stockpiles maintaining at a high level at power plants.
Over the past 100 days to September 27, China Railway Harbin Group has delivered 18.86 million tonnes of coal to all 34 power plants within its service area, a 27.6% rise from the same period last year, state media CCTV reported.
Stockpiles at these plants reached 6.06 million tonnes, soaring 85.9% year on year. This has exceeded the average level of 14 days of consumption.
CR Harbin Group is a subsidiary under the jurisdiction of the China Railway. It supervises the railway network within Heilongjiang and eastern Inner Mongolia. It is responsible for direct coal supply to 29 power plants in Heilongjiang and five in Inner Mongolia through its network.
Through real-time supervision on inventory, daily arrival and consumption, CR Harbin has made good transport arrangements and guaranteed supply in an effective and orderly manner. It expected coal transportation to peak during the National Day holidays (October 1-7) with daily loading to reach over 5,000 cars.
Heihe, one of China's northernmost cities in Heilongjiang, has started heat supply to residents. The heating period in the city is set to stay on through April 30 next year.
Heilongjiang's government coordinated with coal mines and rail services to guide heating suppliers to sign supply contracts and railway transportation support agreements in advance.
As of Sept 14, heating suppliers in the province have stored over 6 million tonnes of coal.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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