Xinjiang's Coal Output to Hit 169 Mln Tonnes in 2012
Friday, 17 February 2012 | 16:30
Coal output in China's far western region Xinjiang, which holds 40 percent of the country's coal reserves, is expected to rise to 169 million tonnes in 2012, a local industry official said Thursday.
Wang Jian, head of the coal industry administration of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said authorities estimate a rise in output as a series of coal production projects, including an open pit mine operated by China's largest coal producer Shenhua Group, are due to start operations in 2012.
Xinjiang saw coal output grow by 20.2 percent to reach 120 million tonnes in 2011. Of the region's total coal output last year, about 20 million tonnes were transported out of Xinjiang to fuel economic development in neighboring regions.
Coal is a pillar of China's energy supply. Xinjiang is estimated to hold 2.19 trillion tonnes of coal, or 40 percent of the country's total. The government aims to build 17 super-large coal mines in Xinjiang, boosting the region's annual coal output to 400 million tonnes by 2015.
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