China puts brakes on coal prospecting

CHINA will not process new mining applications for coal prospecting rights until the end of next year in a bid to keep coal output stable.

Angie Tomlinson

Official news agency Xinhua reported the Ministry of Land and Resources said beginning early last month it will not handle applications for selling prospecting rights through competitive channels.

The one rather large exception to the rule will be for major coal exploration projects approved by the State Council, as well as surveys of coal resources with the support of special geological funds from the central and provincial governments, which will be able to set up new prospecting rights, Xinhua reported.

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