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Positive Growth in China’s Coal Output Realized

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Author: | Source:People’s Daily (March 21, 2018)


The reporter learned from the National Bureau of Statistics: In 2017, with the stabilization of the national economy, demand for coal recovered, high-quality production capacity was released more quickly, and coal production recovered. The annual coal output rose 3.3% over the previous year to 3.52 billion tons, growing positively for the first time since 2014. 

After coal output reached the historic high of 3.97 billion tons in 2013, demand for coal dropped for years due to slowing economic growth and energy structure adjustment, and output began to drop due to excessive supply capacity and unbalanced supply-demand relationship. In 2016, under the double influence of the “cut overcapacity” policy and slowing demand, coal output dropped to 3.41 billion tons, the lowest since 2010. 

While growth in coal output recovered, net imports continued to rebound. Statistics show that China’s net coal imports began to drop for years after reaching the historic high of 320 million tons in 2013. In 2015, before the “cut overcapacity” policy was implemented, net imports decreased by 120 million tons over 2013 to 200 million tons. 

As the “cut overcapacity” policy required optimizing allocation of the stock of resources and expanding high-quality additional supply, the layout of the coal industry was adjusted and optimized and coal production gradually shifted towards regions with good resource endowments and strong competiveness such as Shanxi, Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia. In 2017, the eight regions of Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Xinjiang, Guizhou, Shandong, Henan and Anhui all produced more than 100 million tons of coal, and their total output reached 3.06 billion tons, accounting for 86.8% of the national total, 3.0 percentage points higher than 2015 before the “cut overcapacity” policy was implemented. The coal output of some regions with numerous medium and small coal mines and developed eastern regions dropped fast. 

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