China shuts down 1,355 coal mines

October 15th, 2010 - 8:18 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 15 (IANS) China has shut down 1,355 coal mines with total production capacity of 125.19 million tonnes until September this year as part of the country’s efforts towards restructuring the mining industry.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) said that it has surpassed its annual target of eliminating outdated mines with 121.67 million tonnes of production capacity this year, Xinhua reported.

According to NEA, 1,539 small and dangerous coal mines had to be closed this year to prevent deadly accidents and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The energy watchdog also said it would strengthen inspection on small coal mines and ensure that the mining restructuring plan be completed as scheduled this year.

China has long relied on coal to fuel its rapid economic growth. About three-fourths of its electricity is generated from coal-fired power stations, the NEA said.

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