China Will Add More Coal
Capacity in H2 2021
China plans to add nearly 110 million
metric tons per year (mt/y) of advanced
coal production capacity in the second
half of 2021 to meet increasing demand
for the fossil fuel, the state planner, the
National Development of Reform Commission
“Currently, more than 40 million
mt of coal mining capacity are under
government reviews for approval, while
some 70 million mt are under construction
and will gradually be launched,”
the NDRC said.
The world’s biggest coal consumer
had added more than 140 million mt/y
of coal mining capacity in the first half
of this year, it said.
Recently, Beijing said it would release
more than 10 million mt of coal
from its reserves to cool the market.
Total power consumption in the first
six months rose 16% from a year earlier.
However, coal output in June fell 5%
on the year under tightened mine safety
inspections across China after frequent
The NDRC said it had been eliminating
small and outdated coal capacity.
Currently, China has around 4,700
coal mines, down from more than
10,000 in 2015.
The average production capacity at
coal mines is above 1.1 million mt/y,
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