Head of the China Coal Industry Association Wang Xianzheng predicted, on the 14th, that in 2010, China's coal demand will exceed 30 million tons. Wang Xianzheng spoke at the 2008 China International Coal Conference.
Wang Xianzheng said that the annual production capacity of China's mines is 2.034 billion tons in coal mine construction; and production capacity will reach 1.104 billion tons. Projects of about 200 million tons in size have been approved. Wang Xianzheng said: "Considering that in the next few years we are to rectify come coal mines and shut down some, it is estimated that by 2010, the national coal mine production capacity will surpass 3.1 billion tons."
Data show that China's coal production rose from 1.415 billion tons in 2002 to 2.536 billion tons in 2007, an average annual increase of 12.38 percent. At present, coal accounts for 76 percent of the country's total production of primary energy sources, and 69 percent of the whole society’s consumption.
By People's Daily Online