Qinghai cuts coal overcapacity by 2.1 million tonnes

October 8, 2018 12:48 am0 commentsViews: 65
An opencast coal mine belonging to the Qinghai Kingho Coal Group. (Photo courtesy: Wu Haitao/Greenpeace)

An opencast coal mine belonging to the Qinghai Kingho Coal Group. (Photo courtesy: Wu Haitao/Greenpeace)

(TibetanReview.net, Oct07, 2018) – The extent of China’s mining activities in Qinghai Province though enormous both in the types of minerals and the quantities thereof remains unknown. However, an indication of the extent of coal mining that has been going on there might be gauged to an extent from the fact that the province had, according to the official Xinhua news agency Oct 6, cut a total of 2.1 million tonnes of overcapacity over the past three years.

The report said that in 2016, the province had cut 90,000 tonnes of overcapacity in this sector, with the number rising to 1.32 million tonnes in 2017. And since the beginning of 2018, local authorities had shut down 10 coal mines and cut 690,000 tonnes of overcapacity, an industry office tasked with cutting overcapacity was cited as saying.

The report noted that as the province hosted the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Lancang (Mekong) River, it was under pressure to cut overcapacity in the coal sector and seek a greener economy.

The report noted a government work report released earlier this year as saying that China planned to cut 30 million tonnes of ineffective steel capacity and 150 million tonnes of coal capacity in 2018, apparently from across China.

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