China coal industry groups call for stable supply over summer – state media
Two Chinese coal industry associations called on coal enterprises to increase production, make emergency supply guarantee plans, and “make every effort to ensure the safe and stable supply of coal” this summer, state media outlet Securities Times reported.
Power consumption has surged in China this summer, particularly as heat waves scorch the region north of the Yangtze River.
In response, coal mines are ramping up production to meet demand and prevent mass power outages.
Analysts have noted that the recent production surge has led some mines to prioritize quantity over quality, in order to meet government quotas.
The country relies on coal for 60% of its electricity. China faced a large-scale power outage in late 2021 that caused widespread factory shutdowns.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Josh Horwitz; editing by Richard Pullin)