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Ukraine's coal output rises 8.8 percent in 2011

(Xinhua)

13:07, December 29, 2011

KIEV, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine increased its coal output in 2011 by 8.8 percent to 81.8 million tons on a year-on-year basis, Coal and Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko said Wednesday.

"For the first time in 10 years we have achieved such a high level of production," Boyko told reporters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Boyko said the increased productivity was partly attributed to more investment in modernization of the coal industry.

He said that in 2011 around 210 million U.S. dollars were invested in an upgrade of the country's coal mines, an 8 percent increase compared to 2010.

The State Statistic Service said Ukraine's coal output rose 4 percent year-on-year to 75 million tons in 2010.

Ukraine ranks among the world's top 10 coal mining countries. The nation's total coal resources are estimated at 52 billion tons with commercial coal reserves at nearly 34 billion tons.

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