State-owned Russian Railways (RZD) handled 276 million metric tons (mt) of coal in the first three quarters of 2018, up 5% year-on-year amid improvements to aging infrastructure and strong export demand, according to the Montel News Agency. Shipments in September, to domestic destinations, as well as to neighboring countries and export ports, were 1.4% higher on the year at 29 million mt. The year-to-date increase was in line with a 4% rise in total Russian coal exports, and a 6% increase in production, over the nine-month period, according to provisional energy ministry data.
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