Quake Has Little Impact on China Coal Output

From Xinhua:

The massive earthquake that struck Sichuan Province on May 12 has had little impact on coal production in China, a senior official of the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said Saturday.

All 294 coal mines affected in the hard-hit southwestern province have halted production, Wang Shuhe, SAWS deputy director, told reporters here.

Most of these mines were small, with 254 having annual output of less than 60,000 tons each, Wang noted. “China’s coal production, little affected by the quake, is still able to meet the demand.”

Sichuan accounts for about 4 percent of the country’s coal output.

May 24, 2008 3:44 PM
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