Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal, will be able to increase output to help meet demand from countries that have lost supplies from Russia, its energy minister said recently. Reuters reported Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said countries had asked Indonesia for coal in the wake of sanctions on Russia. “We will help every country who is short of this kind of material as much as we can,” Tasrif said during an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the Sydney Energy Forum hosted by the Australian government and the International Energy Agency.

Indonesia’s target for coal output this year is 663 million metric tons. “We have the resources,” Tasrif said. “In case the situation is very urgent at the end of the year, we don’t want to let people suffer without coal.”