January 30, 2018 / 8:25 AM / 10 months ago

China approves 5.2 mln T of open-pit coal mines in Xinjiang

BEIJING, Jan 30 (Reuters) -

* China approved three open-pit coal mines with total capacity of 5.2 million tonnes per year in the Xinjiang region, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in statements on Tuesday

* Approvals is part of Beijing’s push to streamline its coal industry by shifting output capacity to western China from the east and to boost supplies of the fuel

* Total investment of the three mines will reach 3.24 billion yuan ($510.95 million), according to NEA statements

* Xinjiang is No.4 coal mining region in China. It produced 167.07 million tonnes of coal in 2017 ($1 = 6.3411 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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