Chinese province to drop output

CITING potential increased safety and efficiency issues, the Chinese province of Shanxi is planning to reduce coal output in 2006 by more than 100 million tons.
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Shanxi province in China

Donna Schmidt

Shanxi, the most productive province for coal mining in the nation, attributed the drop to three primary causes, including the 2005 reduction in operations (decreased 30% over 2004 to 1200), according to the country’s news service Xinhua.

Also cited was the country’s enforcement of regulations regarding illegal operations.

This year more than 2200 facilities have been shut down with another 1080 set to close. Law enforcement along with a reduction in operations this year accounted for about 110Mt loss.

Making up another 10Mt in production loss is Shanxi’s plans to increase safety through halting “reckless overproduction”, said Xinhua.

The announcement comes just after a series of high-profile fatal mining accidents in the province, a majority of which occurred in illegal mines.

Shanxi’s reserve, about 272.5Bt, accounts for approximately one-third of China’s total output.

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