SHANGHAI: Two Chinese coal industry associations have called on coal companies to increase production, develop emergency supply guarantee plans and “do their utmost to ensure a secure and stable supply of coal” this summer, state media Securities Times reported Thursday.
Electricity consumption has increased in China this summer, particularly as heat waves scorch the region north of the Yangtze River.
In response, coal mines are ramping up production to meet demand and avoid massive blackouts.
Analysts noted that the recent increase in production has led some mines to prioritize quantity over quality, in order to meet government quotas.
The country depends on coal for 60% of its electricity. China faced a large-scale power outage at the end of 2021 that caused widespread factory shutdowns.