China | Hubei to shut all coal mines within two years, Xinhua says
Miners transport coal at the Gongxigou coal mine on the outskirts of Baokang, Hubei province, December 4, 2007.   REUTERS/Stringer
Miners transport coal at the Gongxigou coal mine on the outskirts of Baokang, Hubei province, December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

Hubei to shut all coal mines within two years, Xinhua says

China's central province of Hubei plans to shut all of its coal mines within two years while boosting cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable energy

January 17, 2017 12:04 PM (UTC+8)

China’s central province of Hubei plans to shut all of its coal mines within two years while boosting the use of cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable energy, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The province shut down surplus coal mining capacity of 10.11 million tonnes in 2016, Xinhua cited the province’s planning agency as saying.

Last year the province also cut 3.38 million tonnes of steel production capacity, in addition to removing 4.16 million tonnes of obsolete steel-making capacity.

The province plans to add 300 kilometers of natural gas pipelines and install one million kilowatts of power generation capacity fueled by new energies this year, the report said.

Hubei accounted for 0.2 % of China’s coal output in 2015.

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