Russia’s coal industry fares better in 2020 than gloomy forecasts
Russia’s coal industry turned out to be more robust in the face of the world economic crisis than analysts and officials had predicted.

    Russian coal exports in 202 will dip by only 4 % — though as recently as September, experts were forecasting a fall of 13 %. Coal production for the year will decline by only 9 % – to 401 million tonnes.

    Forecasts for a decline in production had been more pessimistic in September at 10.5 %.

    According to Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky, the fall in deliveries will mainly hit the internal market – about 10 %. 

    The dip in exports will be considerably less.

    Support for the sector came from the Chinese market as it revived in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic – energy consumption is already exceeding pre-pandemic levels.  China and India this year remained the biggest consumers of Russian coal – mainly coking coal.

    As regards investment in coal production, falling commodity prices led to a decline of nearly a quarter.

    In 2019, Russia produced 439 million tonnes of coal. The industry’s development strategy calls for an increase in production to 485-685 million tonnes in 2035 and a rise in exports to 292 million tonnes from 220 million in 2019.

    According to data from Russia’s Statistics agency Rosstat, Russian collieries lost 38 billion roubles in the first nine months of the year. The sector sank into the red in the first quarter of the year against a background of unfavourable international factors and falling prices for coal.

    Russia’s Energy Ministry is forecasting coal production to rise after 2021, with the figure exceeding pre-pandemic levels by 2024. But the Economy Ministry forecasts a decline in production  to 387 million tonnes within three years.


Share on facebook
Share on telegram
Share on email
Share on twitter
Share on vk
Share on odnoklassniki
Share on reddit

Add comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fuel cell aircraft

Australian air carrier Skytrans and startup Stralis Aircraft have announced their intention to launch a hydrogen fuel cell plane by 2026. The companies plan retrofitting of a 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D airliner operating in Queensland, northeast Australia. A new hydrogen-electric propulsion system and a liquid hydrogen storage tank will replace a turbofan engine and a kerosene fuel system.

read more ...

Seven trends in global energy markets

China has replaced Japan as the world’s largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a new annual review of global energy by BP. China increased its LNG imports by 17% (to 109.5 bcm in regasified form) in 2021, while Japan decreased it by 0.1%, to 101.3 bcm. This allowed China to come out on top globally.

read more ...

Presa hidroeléctrica impresa en 3D

China va a construir la presa hidroeléctrica Yangqu en la meseta tibetana utilizando la impresión 3D. La presa de 180 metros de altura se construirá capa por capa utilizando una impresora 3D de propósito especial, que se empleará junto con camiones, excavadoras, excavadoras, pavimentadoras y rodillos controlados por inteligencia artificial

read more ...


December 2020