According to Interfax, the Xinjiang government said the roads, railways and power and water lines around the Zhundong coalfield have been significantly improved over the past few years thanks to CNY 3.5 billion ($513 million) in infrastructure investment. The government said construction of three thermal power plants and five coal-chemical projects is scheduled to start this year. The 14,000 sq km Zhundong coalfield has proven coal reserves of 213.6 billion mt.