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Construction starts on largest coal mine in China's far west

Construction starts on largest coal mine in China's far west

Construction started Sunday on the biggest coal mine in China's far west Xinjiang region, state media said.
China is the world's biggest producer and user of coal, which fills 70 percent of the country's energy supply. It is anxious to increase output to meet growing demands from its rapidly expanding economy.
Xinhua News Agency said the mine in Ili in western Xinjiang would be the first in the region to have an annual output capacity of 10 million tons.
It said the mine would cost 2.6 billion yuan (US$336 million; euro246 million) and take 3-1/2 years to finish.
The mine is being built and financed by Xinwen Mining Group Corp., China's eighth largest coal mining group based in east Shandong Province, Xinhua said.
Xinjiang is estimated to have coal reserves of 2.19 trillion tons, or 40 percent of China's total. The region's coal production stood at 43 million tons in 2006.


Updated : 2021-08-04 00:23 GMT+08:00