Spanish coal imports dive 36% in September
Spanish coal imports dived 36% year on year in September to almost 1.3m tonnes, customs data showed on Wednesday.
Colombia was Spain’s biggest coal supplier providing more than 435,000 tonnes, compared to just barely 835 tonnes in the same month last year.
Indonesian coal shipments to Spain dropped 39% to 395,000 tonnes, while Russia’s supplies more than halved to 201,000 tonnes.
For the January-September period, the country’s coal imports fell 21% year on year to nearly 12m tonnes. Most of the imported coal is used in power generation.
Spanish coal-fired generation in September surged 46% from a year ago to 4.1 TWh amid unseasonably warm weather, triggering more air conditioning use, according to TSO data.
However, coal imports remained buoyant throughout the whole of 2017 in comparison, as a sharp drop in hydropower production led to a 21% jump in coal-fired generation and drove up imports by 45% to 19.7m tonnes.
Source: Montel News