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US coal production continues to strengthen

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World Coal,

US coal production continued to strengthen in the week ending 11 June, according to the latest production estimates from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), although it remains down on 2015.

The EIA put coal production at 12.9 million short t, 7.7% higher than the week before and just 15.8% lower than the year previously – a much smaller year-on-year fall than previous weeks.

US year-to-date production remained almost a third under last year’s at 289.6 million short, 29.2% lower than 2015.

Interior Region production, which includes the Illinois Basin, continues to fair better that Appalachia and the Western Region. Interior Region year-to-date production is only 23.4% down on 2015 at 58.5 million short t.

In contrast, Western Regional production, which includes the Powder River Basin, is down 30% to 158.8 million short t and Appalachian production is down 32.9% at 72.2 million short t.

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