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Ukraine coal output down 4.2% over year

World Coal,

Ukraine’s coal output between January and September 2013 was 61.51 million t, down 4.2% from 64.23 million t in 2012, according to the country’s energy and coal industry ministry.

Thermal coal output decreased 3.4% to 43.97 million t, down from 45.54 million t a year ago. Coking coal output decreased 6.1% to 17.54 million t, down from 18.68 million t over the 2012 nine-month period.

In September, Ukraine produced 6.8 million t, up from 6.74 million t a year ago, but down from 6.86 million t in August, the ministry said.

September thermal coal output rose 0.4% to 4.88 million t and production of coking coal increased 2.4% to 1.91 million t.

Ukraine reduced coal extraction this year amid weak demand from domestic consumers.

In particular, the country's thermal power plants decreased coal consumption by 5.5% to 27.31 million t between January and September, down from 28.9 million t in 2012.

Ukraine produced 85.95 million t of coal in 2012, up 4.8% from 81.99 million t in 2011.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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