Coal production up last week: EIA

WHILE slight, the US Energy Information Administration said coal production did increase both sequentially and year-on-year once again for the week ended October 26.

Donna Schmidt

In its newest data released on Thursday, the agency said US coal production totalled approximately 19.3 million tonnes last week, about 0.9% higher than last week's estimate and 0.4% over the comparable week of 2012.

Using the Mississippi River as a split point, the EIA said producers east of the waterway produced 8.1Mt while the western US coalfields totalled 11.2Mt.

However, despite the continued increases, the big picture still shows a road ahead.

US year-to-date coal production, it said, totalled 822.4Mt for the week, 2.1% lower than the comparable year-to-date production last year.

To compare, the agency said two weeks ago that year-to-date data for the week ended October 19 revealed 803.1Mt in US production, 2.1% higher than its comparable year-to-date coal production in 2012.

Results for this week will be released on November 7.