8 Jun 2010 12:50

Xinjiang's coal output tops 30.81 mln tons in first five months

Shanghai. June 8. INTERFAX-CHINA - China's western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region produced 30.81 million tons of coal in the first five months of this year, according to statistics released by the region's government on June 8.

According to the statistics, coal output in the first five months grew by 1.67 million tons, or 5.73 percent, from the same period a year ago.

Currently, there are 192 coalmine projects in Xinjiang, which plans to expand its production capacity over the next few years, the region's government said.

Xinjiang is estimated to have potential coal resources of 2.19 trillion tons, accounting for around 40 percent of China's total coal reserves.

The regional government said that after it resolves the bottleneck in railway transportation over the next few years, it hopes to boost its annual coal output to 650 million tons in 2015 and 1 billion tons in 2020.