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US coal production highest since February

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US coal production crept up 3.2% in the week ending 18 June compared to the previous week, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly coal production forecast. Weekly production hit 13.35 million short t, the highest since February.

Production remained 18.1% below the same week last year, however, while year-to-date production is 28.8% lower than 2015.

US coal mines have produced 302.94 million short t of coal so far this year, compared to 425.26 million short t last year.

Kentucky remains the hardest hit state with production down 35.1% year to date, although production in southern West Virginia is down more, by 38.3%. Northern West Virginia production is down 24.2%.

Out West and Wyoming – the US’s largest coal producer – is down 31.5% at 120.2 million short t compared to 174.2 million last year.

Railcar loadings from US coal mines also show a steep decline on the back of the fall in production. Cars loaded are 31.7% down this year.

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