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Kazakhstan Exports Coal to Finland, Japan

Kazinform reported that year-to-date through the end of October, Kazakhstan exported 23.4 million metric tons (mt) of coal. Domestically, 61.8 million metric tons of coal were delivered to the market, explained Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev. “Of that total volume, 74.4%, that is 46 million mt of coal, was shipped to power plants.” Roughly 10 million mt of coal were consumed by the residential market.
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Vietnam Approves 3 Coal-fired Power Plants

Sumitomo Corp. has gained an investment certificate worth $2.58 billion to develop Van Phong 1 thermal power project, according to VietNamNet Bridge. Work will start next year on the 1,320-megawatt (MW) station. The project is expected to boost the development of the Van Phong Economic Zone.
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Turkey Launches Smart Coal Strategy

Explaining it will be built with a human- and science-oriented approach with transparency and open management, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said the government’s basic principle has been to act with smart, rational strategies in all the processes of coal, indicating they were launching a “smart coal strategy.” Speaking at the opening of the Second Coal Action Plan Workshop, Albayrak said, “At every step we take, in every strategy and application we realize, we will prioritize people.”
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North Korean Coal Piles Up

Stranded by the interdiction, a mountain of North Korean coal, which would once have been bound for China, is piling up at the Rajin Harbour, according to AFP. On the very next dock, roughly 2 million metric tons (mt) of Russian coal has been delivered by rail and will be transloaded to China by the Russian port operator RasonConTrans. Its activities are specifically excluded from the U.N. Security Council’s sanctions resolutions, but attempts have been made to use it as a way to bypass the restrictions, AFP reported.
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China’s Coal-rich Province Cuts Production Capacity

The northern Chinese coal-rich province of Shanxi has reduced 45.9 million metric tons (mt) of coal production capacity, after closing 52 mines in the past two years, according to Xinhua. The province closed 27 coal mines this year, with a total production capacity of 22.7 million mt, Wang Shouzhen, director general of the Shanxi Coal Industry Association, told a coal trade conference recently in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi.
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