Coal production in the UK plunged 68.7% year-on-year in 1Q16, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, with underground coal production falling by 99.3% after the closure of the last deep pits last year.
Production totaled 978 000 t in 1Q16 compared to 3.1 million in 1Q15. Of this, 971 000 t came from the remaining opencast mines, while just 7000 t came from underground mines.
This compared to 2.1 million t from opencast mines and 980 000 t from underground mines in 1Q15.
Imports also fell significantly by 54.7% year-on-year as the UK continues to wean itself off of the fuel. Total demand was 7.2 million t compared with 13.6 million t in 1Q15.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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