2011 US coal exports surge

US COAL exports skyrocketed last year on the back of strong Asian demand, marking the largest export figure since 1991.
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Lauren Barrett

The Associated Press analysed data from the US Department of Energy, which painted a staggering picture.

The news service said the data concluded that coal exports reached 107 million tons of fuel worth almost $16 billion in 2011.

It was the most since 1991 and more than double the 2006 volume.

The increase in coal exports was mainly powered by fuel-hungry Asia.

Coal exports to South Korea leapt 81% last year to more than 10Mt.

Meanwhile, the AP said Japan purchased almost 7Mt of US coal in 2011, up 119%.

India secured 4.5Mt of coal from the superpower, marking an increase of 65%.

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