China’s coal imports highest in years due to heatwave

August 9, 2018 by Abhay Sharma

(Source: Power Technology) The agency said that 29.01 million tonnes of coal was imported in July, the highest amount since January 2014. They rose 23.9% in June from 25.47 million tonnes and increased by 49.1% from 19.46 million tonnes in July 2017. Year-to-date imports were up 15% to 175 million tonnes. Officials cited the recent heatwave as the reason for heightened energy demands as consumers amp up their air conditioning. In July, areas in southern and central China reported temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, while the National Meteorological Administration said that some parts of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Shandong and Jiangxi provinces rose to 39 degrees. Warnings were issued by the State Grid Corporation that power shortages may occur, while the Meteorological Administration has continued issuing regular heat alerts, saying western and southern areas could see highs of 40°C, continuing to fuel demand for coal-based electricity. Read full article…

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