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China’s May coal output slips 0.8% year-on-year

Coal output in the world’s largest producer China slipped 0.8% year-on-year in May, statistics bureau data showed on Monday, as ongoing safety inspections leading to some production pauses weighed on output.

China produced 383.85 million tonnes of coal in May, accordingto the National Bureau of Statistics.
That was up from 371.67 million tons in April, the lowest level since October 2022.

However, on a daily output basis, production fell to 12.38 million tons per day in May, from 12.39 million tons in the previous month.
From January-May, China’s coal production reached 1.86 billion tonnes, down 3% from the same period of last year.

China’s coal mining output was expected to remain subdued during the first half of the year after strengthened safety standards led to a drop in production in Shanxi, a main coal producing region of the country.
That led an industry group to say last month that China’s annual output growth would be in a range of -1% to 1% this year, after having previously forecast 1% expansion.

Last month, China imported 11% more coal year-on-year to make up for the shortfall in output. Imports were up 12.6% during the first five months.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Colleen Howe; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

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