Meizhouwan port, a key coal port and distribution center on the coast of Southeastern China's Fujian province, has opened up a new channel for imported coal supply to power plants with sea and railway combined shipments to offset the impact of low waterway transportation caused by drought.
On November 5, a railway left Meizhouwan port with full-loaded imported seaborne coal and directly bounded for a power plant in Jiangxi province, marking it a new and smooth route that directly rails imported coal from the port to a power plant, according to China Water Transport Newspaper.
Affected by the drought this year, Jiangxi's traditional sea-to-water and water-to-water transport channels have been affected by low water levels, affecting the supply efficiency of fuel to local power plants.
This happened at a time when northern areas accelerated coal restocking as they enters the heating season and the global coal supply remained in tight status with high prices.
Meizhouwan port has stepped up efforts to import thermal coal from Russia, Indonesia and other countries and meanwhile expanded its delivery radius to supply more coal to power plants.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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