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Coal Inventories Grow After Rough Winter

Coal is stored at a power plant in Anhui province.  On Jan. 30, the coal inventory at six major power companies including Huaneng Power were down to only 11 days’ worth of coal. Usually, power companies keep at least 15 days’ supply of coal to maintain a secure inventory. Photo: VCG
Coal is stored at a power plant in Anhui province. On Jan. 30, the coal inventory at six major power companies including Huaneng Power were down to only 11 days’ worth of coal. Usually, power companies keep at least 15 days’ supply of coal to maintain a secure inventory. Photo: VCG

Power companies’ coal inventories began growing again in February, after severe shortages caused by surging power consumption at the beginning of the year, according to China’s top economic planner.

As temperatures gradually rise, and with factories stopping work during the long Lunar New Year holiday, electricity usage across China is expected to fall in the coming days, and the coal supply should be secure, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) spokesperson Wei Meng said at a press conference Sunday.

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