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China's leading coal-producing region reports sharp output decline

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-05-31 10:18

TAIYUAN - Coal output in Shanxi province, China's largest coal-producing region, was down 21.3 percent year on year in April as local authorities moved to cut capacity.

Local coal mining companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan ($3.1 million) churned out 58.2 million tons of raw coal last month, the provincial statistics bureau said Monday.

The northern region faces severe overcapacity as the country's economy slows.

Last year, the coal mining industry in Shanxi reported a massive loss of 9.4 billion yuan, or roughly 10 yuan per tonne of coal.

Last month, local coal mines were ordered to operate below 84 percent of production capacity. Many mines were ordered to halt production or stop construction.

The Shanxi provincial government said earlier this month that it would stop approving new coal mining projects and slash coal production capacity by over 100 million tons in the years leading up to 2020.

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