Premier calls for large coal production
Updated: 2006-06-05 06:35 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for the
creation of large coal producers with the annual production capacities of at
least 100 million tons each during a visit to North China.
The conditions were right for
speeding up modernization of the coal industry, said Wen during an inspection
tour of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region from June 2 to 4.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L
Front) talks with workers underground in the Shangwan Coal Mine of Shenhua
Group in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region June 2, 2006.
He said advanced technologies should be adopted to increase the profits of
the industry and ensure work safety.
The reform and development of the industry concerned the overall growth of
national economy and large coal production bases should be built through
acquisitions and regrouping, said Wen, during a stop at China's largest coal
producer, Shenhua Group.
The coal industry should develop large companies, introduce modern equipment
and train its staff in more professional methods, said Wen, who also required
more efforts to ensure safety in coal production.
During his tour of Inner Mongolia, Wen also said more effort should be made
to develop stock-breeding and specialist agriculture, adding that sand control
and water conservation should be given priority.