Russian Coal Production Jumps Nearly 6% in 2018

Coal production in Russia in 2018 increased by 5.9% year-on-year to 433.4 million tons, according to the Central Dispatching Department of Fuel Energy Complex (CDU TEK).

Coal exports rose by 2.6% to 191 million tons in the reporting period, reported citing official data.

Deliveries of Russian coal to the domestic market rose by 4.3% to 372.3 million tons in the last year. Coal imports dropped by 6.3% to 21.7 million tons in 2018.

Production of the largest coal companies in the reporting period amounted to: SUEK – 110.1 million tons of coal (+2.2%), Kuzbassrazrezugol (part of UMMC) – 44.9 million tons (down 3%), Southern Kuzbass (Mechel affiliate) – 6.9 million tons (-15.2%), Vostsibugol – 15.5 million tons (+12%), and Yakutugol (affiliated with Mechel) – 7 million tons (-16.2%).

Raspadskaya Coal Company reduced production by 6.3% annually to 10.3 million tons on its Novokuznetsk site and boosted it by 11.4% to 12.7 million tons on its Mezhdurechensk site.

Russia lowered electricity exports by 1.7% year-on-year to 20 bln kWh in 2018, official data showed. Exports surged 34.6% to 2.1 billion kWh in December 2018.

At the same time, the decline of electricity exports to the CIS countries amounted to 41.2% year-to-date and reached 4.2 billion kW/h; this figure rose by 6.3% to 0.5 billion kW/h over last December.

Electricity generation in Russia in 2018 increased by 1.7% year-on-year to 1.1 trillion kWh. Power generation rose by 4.9% year-on-year to 107.7 billion kWh in December 2018, the CDU-TEK data revealed.

Electricity consumption rose 1.6% and reached 1.07 trillion kWh in the last year. Consumption volumes grew by 4% to 105.6 bln kWh in December 2018.