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US coal production in 2011 increased - EIA

Steel News - Published on Thu, 16 Feb 2012

The US Energy Department reported that coal production from the United States rebounded from 2009 and showed a second consecutive year of increase.

The Energy Department\'s Energy Information Administration reported that production from the US interior which includes Texas increased 6.4% from 2010 levels to around 166 million tons. Texas accounted for 40% of that increase.

The EIA said coal output from the Appalachian region near the East Coast increased 0.6% compared to 2010 levels while western coal production declined 1.2% compared to 2010.

The reporting agency said about 93% of the coal consumed in the United States was used in the electric power sector. The EIA, in a separate report said that while US natural gas production was increasing, coal would dominate the energy sector for the immediate future.

US exports of coal reached a level not seen since 1991 with around 107 million tons of coal sent to overseas markets last year. The EIA said the United States increased its coal trade to countries like India, Japan and South Korea because flooding in Australia, the world largest coal exporter, disrupted coal mining there.

(Sourced from www.upi.com)

Posted By : admin on Thu, 16 Feb 2012
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