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Jul 22, 2022 04:02 AM
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China Steps Up Approval of Coal Mining Projects to Secure Supply

China plans to add 300 million tons of coal capacity this year to safeguard the country’s energy supply.
China plans to add 300 million tons of coal capacity this year to safeguard the country’s energy supply.

China cleared projects to add 125 million tons of annual coal production capacity during the first half this year as the country ramps up efforts to ensure sufficient supply amid shrinking coal imports and soaring energy prices.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment approved 20 new coal mining projects so far this year, the final step in regulatory reviews before construction can start.

The projects are part of a plan to add 300 million tons of coal capacity this year to safeguard the country’s energy supply. The State Council, China’s cabinet, in March laid out the plan to expand coal supplies by launching new projects, expanding existing ones and reopening idled facilities..

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