By Paul Homewood
SINGAPORE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China’s coal output hit record highs in December and in the full year of 2021, as the government continued to encourage miners to ramp up production to ensure sufficient energy supplies in the winter heating season.
China, the world’s biggest coal miner and consumer, produced 384.67 million tonnes of the fossil fuel last month, up 7.2% year-on-year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday. This compared with a previous record of 370.84 million tonnes set in November. read more
For the full year of 2021, output touched a record 4.07 billion tonnes, up 4.7% on the previous year.
Significantly, output is 5.8% up on the pre-pandemic year of 2019, and maintains the steadily increasing trend which began in 2016:
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