China’s coal output hits highest in over 3 years as mines start up

From Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s December coal output climbed 2.1 percent from the year before, government data showed, hitting the highest level in over three years as major miners ramped up production amid robust winter demand and after the country started up new mines.

Cranes unload coal from a cargo ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China December 8, 2018. Picture taken December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Miners produced 320.38 million tonnes of coal in December, according to data released on Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics. That is the largest volume since June, 2015.


China approved more than 45 billion yuan’s ($6.64 billion)worth of new coal mining projects last year, much more than 2017, official documents show.

That came after the country closed old and more-polluting coal mines as part of its battle to clean up the environment.

“Coal mining capacity coming online will lead to another increase in output this year after boosting December output to a more than three-year high,” said a Beijing-based coal analyst with a major broker. He declined to be identified as he was not authorised by his company to speak to media on the matter.

The new projects stoked overall coal output last year, with annual production rising 5.2 percent to the highest since 2015 at 3.55 billion tonnes.

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January 22, 2019 10:20 pm

But… but… China has solar panels in the shape of a panda… how could they lie to us like this? /sarc

Reply to  Voltron
January 22, 2019 10:22 pm

What exactly are the Chinese lying about? Are the solar panels allegedly fakes?

Reply to  Voltron
January 22, 2019 11:14 pm

For the foreseeable future, China will continue to absorb environmental disruption, so that we may live on our ostensibly green island.

Reply to  n.n
January 23, 2019 5:08 am

Burn, baby burn….just make sure you clean up after yourselves – that Beijing haze is somewhat annoying.

January 22, 2019 10:43 pm

Wow even the coal is yellow China ! Enviros will be warning about a new “dirty yellow peril” .

Reply to  Greg
January 22, 2019 11:27 pm

That is what I was thinking!
Coal mine?
That looks like a sand mine.

Reply to  Menicholas
January 23, 2019 12:03 am

Overburden removal to expose fresh coal lower down.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
January 23, 2019 6:38 am

Some misnurtured automatically think of a “hole in the ground” whenever the subject is “coal mine” or “coal mining”.

Even Mountain Top Removal is considered to be “coal mining”.

Generally speaking, there are only 3 types of mining, …. deep well, hydraulic and strip.

Dennis Sandberg
Reply to  Greg
January 23, 2019 12:00 am

Photo shows excavator spreading the overburden off the coal. Good idea for China, not having huge natural gas resources, they need to maximize their coal production. Coal is excellent feedstock to power their EV’s. China will probably be getting out of the business of producing solar panels at a lose to provide jobs and for virtue signal marketing. By the same token, the USA should be using Compressed natural gas for transportation vehicles. We’re lucking, we don’t need to spend $trillions on electric power stations and massive grid and distribution upgrades for EV fuel. We can burn natural gas directly in our vehicles.

Reply to  Dennis Sandberg
January 23, 2019 8:36 am

Natural gas has the same problem that batteries do. Low energy density.
Add to that the danger posed by compressed natural gas.

Reply to  MarkW
January 23, 2019 10:35 am

Liquid fuels are no safer than gas vapors. Gas vapors will explode, but do not soak and permeate materials like liquid fuels. Gas vapors are an explosive danger for a short period of time until they dissipate into the atmosphere. Also, ignited gas vapor fires are easier to starve of oxygen, they are not replenishing from an available liquid supply which is constantly evaporating.
Liquid fuels on the other hand are dangerous for much longer period of times. They soak materials such as foam, clothes, and skin. Using water to put out a liquid based fuel source takes longer because the liquid source has to be diluted. This is best done with a fire hose and large volumes of water.

Reply to  RHS
January 23, 2019 10:58 am

Not true, pressurized gas will leak from even the tiniest of holes, whereas it takes a pretty big hole for gasoline vapors to leak out in large amounts.
The other problem is that natural gas will burn in a much larger range of air/fuel concentrations than does gas vapors.

Let me see, on one hand we have a gentle fire above a pool of liquid. On the other hand we have a jet of fire poring from a broken high pressure natural gas hose.

Liquid gas and natural gas both last forever, until burnt.

Paul r
January 22, 2019 11:25 pm

But China are the world leaders in fighting climate change!!!

January 22, 2019 11:31 pm

But I thought Obama made a carbon agreement with the communist Chinese?

“this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal;”
– Obama nomination victory speech, 2008.

People need to stay warm in their homes with the lights on. Even in China. That “Trumps” fake healing and ocean rise lies, a la own King Canute played by the Worst President Ever.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
January 23, 2019 1:41 am

Most of us in the UK just didn’t get how bad Obama was/is.

We just saw the handsome, first black POTUS, with his charming family, smiling and given rousing unscripted speeches and thought, ‘looks like racial division is over in the US’.

But this was leftist BBC propaganda. Not until I started visited WUWT did I understand what a nightmare the man was/is.

I would feel sorry for you guys but we have a ‘right’ wing government that makes Obama look competent. The opposition left wing is so far left the leader (Jeremy Corbyn) supported the IRA in the 80’s, they are overtly anti-Semitic holding an official Palestinian conference celebrating the country. The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (John McDonnell) is a communist having been videoed giving communist speeches in the past. Their collective desire is to nationalise UK industry, which was a dismal failure the first time around following WW2.

The tragedy is that Trump had to spend so much time unravelling the damage Obama had wreaked before actually getting on with business, yet the country is still winning.

Good luck to him, and you guys. You may have a mass exodus from the UK descend on you if Corbyn and McDonnel are elected at the next General Election.

Reply to  HotScot
January 23, 2019 8:40 am

Obama was only a “good” speaker when the teleprompter was working.
Whenever speaking off the cuff he was full of “um”s and “ah”s.

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  HotScot
January 23, 2019 9:27 am

East Germany and West Germany have been studied to highlight differences between a controlled economy and a free economy. Growth and well being was much preferred in the West – thus the wall.

michael hart
January 22, 2019 11:34 pm

Excellent. More CO2. More plant growth. More life.

January 23, 2019 12:50 am

In the background of the pic – wind turbines. My head hurts.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
January 23, 2019 1:01 am

In Australia, the Greens want to put a tax on exported coal, the idea being, obviously, to reduce or even eliminate our coal exports by making them price uncompetitive.

Great! Australia’s wealth comes from exports of primary products like coal. Where would that leave us? Handing our business over to competitors…

These people are traitors to my country.

Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
January 23, 2019 1:44 am

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia

They want to tax exports???!!!!!!!

How effing insane is that?

WTF are your pollies smoking these days?

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  HotScot
January 23, 2019 2:04 am

The Greens are right into drugs, they love them. Let’s all get stoned.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
January 23, 2019 3:01 am

And their favourite drug of all is opm
(Other people’s money)

Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
January 23, 2019 8:00 am

Still better than Canada. Our government refuses to build a pipeline to take products to market, we only wish it could be taxed.

January 23, 2019 1:06 am

And the expected import figures for 2019?

Also how much of this is thermal vs for steel production??

Reply to  griff
January 23, 2019 1:46 am

And griff pops up once again with yet another stupid comment!

You should be an Australian politician griff.

Reply to  HotScot
January 23, 2019 2:11 am

He may be being paid better right where he is trolling WUWT. heck, GIllard had to give away 170 million aussie tax payer dollars to Bill and Hill before she got that wide seat on one their foundations and a fat paycheck to go with it.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  HotScot
January 23, 2019 6:45 am

is thermal vs for steel production??

Griff needs to add the word “metallurgical” to his(her) vocabulary. 😊

Reply to  griff
January 23, 2019 8:43 am

As always, expected numbers are more important than actual numbers.

Bill In Oz
Reply to  griff
January 23, 2019 8:02 pm

Griff you should be concentrating on Center ( Greenist ) Alliance matters in South Australia..There’s an election coming and your mates face being well & truly knocked off – especially now that Nick Xenophen has abandoned you all to look after your own political survival.

January 23, 2019 2:39 am

Nice pic on the home page for this post. Looks like “Garzweiler II open cast coal mine near Cologne, Germany”.
Lignite. Personally, generic pics annoy me. It is like fakery. That is all I have to say.

January 23, 2019 2:50 am

China is mining better quality coal – real air pollution is their biggest worry. Banning gas powered cars won’t have any beneficial effect. They (essentially) banned solar and wind due to bad effects on the grid and lousy economics

AGW is not Science
Reply to  kent beuchert
January 23, 2019 10:27 am

“They (essentially) banned solar and wind due to bad effects on the grid and lousy economics”

THERE’s a piece of Chinese wisdom the U.S. should emulate! Post haste!

Steve O
January 23, 2019 3:53 am

As a side note, carbon tax schemes designed to reduce emissions might actually end up increasing them. When goods made in your own country become more expensive, consumption may decline to some extent but production will also be shifted to a lower cost region that serves its industrial base with coal-based energy… before shipping it on diesel freighters back to your woke consumers.

January 23, 2019 5:32 am
AGW is not Science
Reply to  Thomas
January 23, 2019 10:30 am

ANOTHER piece of Chinese wisdom the U.S. should emulate!

Time to undermine (no pun intended) the World Bank political agenda and contribute to developing nation access to cheap abundant energy (read: fossil fuels).

January 23, 2019 7:08 am

How do we know coal information from China is accurate?

Reply to  Derg
January 23, 2019 8:01 am

You can be certain that if it isn’t accurate, it’s understating how much coal they are using.

Reply to  Greg61
January 23, 2019 11:00 am

It’s a given, that when people distort the numbers they are reporting, they do so in a direction that will make themselves look better.

January 23, 2019 8:31 am

But griff assured us that China has abandoned coal.

Tom Abbott
January 23, 2019 1:16 pm

Is this increase in coal production going to shorten the time between now and doomsday? Rep. Ocasio says we only have 12 more years until CAGW doomsday, and she said that before these new figures on China’s increased coal production came out! We may not even have 12 years left now that this has happened!

What to do? What to do?

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