China coal out­put rises as power de­mand up

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

China’s coal pro­duc­tion rose 10.6 per­cent to 308 mil­lion tons in June from a year ago, data showed yes­ter­day, as min­ers ramped up out­put to meet a pick-up in de­mand dur­ing the hot sum­mer months, data from the Na­tional Sta­tis­tics Bureau showed. Au­thor­i­ties have called for coal min­ers to boost out­put to en­sure power sup­plies as peo­ple crank up air con­di­tion­ers with a pro­longed heat­wave hit­ting across the coun­try. Heavy rain­fall has also slashed hy­dropower ca­pac­ity in the south, help­ing boost de­mand for coal-fired elec­tric­ity.

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