Chinese officials have ordered more than 70 mines in Inner Mongolia to increase coal production by nearly 100 million tonnes as Inner Mongolia has experienced the worst energy crisis and coal shortages in years.
Record prices and power shortages are causing energy rations nationwide and damaging industrial production.
The proposed increase represents almost 3 percent of China’s total steaming coal consumption.
In an urgent announcement on October 7, the Inner Mongolia Regional Energy Authority requested that Wuhai, Ordos, Hulunbuir, the Xilingol League, or the province be notified of 72 mines that could operate at capacity. Production is guaranteed.
Officials from the local energy office confirmed the notice, but did not say how long it would take to increase production.
The Inner Mongolia government gazette reported that notifications continued at a meeting the same day that local authorities issued measures for winter power supply in response to orders from the Chinese council or cabinet.
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is China’s second-largest coal-producing region, producing more than 1 billion tonnes by 2020, accounting for more than a quarter of the country’s total, official data show.
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