Xinjiang coal output to rise by 40%
Xinjiang, in the west of China could increase coal production rise by 40% in 2012 as a result of new coal production projects.
Xinjiang is important for China as it accounts for 40 percent of the country's coal reserves. Xinjiang is estimated to hold 2.19 trillion tonnes of coal.
It also has abundant oil reserves and is China's largest natural gas-producing region.
China aims to build 17 super-large coal mines in Xinjiang, boosting the region's annual coal output to 400 million tonnes by 2015.
Output is expected to rise to 169 million tonnes in 2012, a local industry official said Thursday.
China's largest coal producer Shenhua Group will begin production from an open pit mine in 2012 which will account for part of the rise in output.
Xinjiang saw coal output grow by 20.2 percent to reach 120 million tonnes in 2011. Of the region's total coal output last year, about 20 million tonnes were transported out of Xinjiang to power economic development in neighboring regions.
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