US coal production falls in March

THE latest U.S. Department of Energy Information Administration statistics show coal production 14% down on March 2001.

Staff Reporter

Coal production in March 2002 totaled 86 million short tons, 14% lower than in March 2001. Coal consumed by the electric power sector in January 2002 was estimated as 79 million short tons, 9% lower than the level in January 2001.

Electric power sector coal stocks were estimated as 126 million short tons at the end of January 2002, 30% higher than the level a year earlier.

Coal exports in February 2002 totaled 3 million short tons, 19% lower than exports in February 2001. Coal imports in February 2002 totaled 1 million short tons, 2% lower than imports in February 2001.