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China Will Restart Coal Mines Including in Xinjiang as Power Demand Surges

  • Operations to resume at 53 sites in latest restart approvals
  • Move follows Politburo’s call to relax push to cut emissions

China’s top planning authority authorized more shuttered coal mines to restart production as key policymakers seek to balance progress on climate goals against still surging power demand.

Operations will restart for a year at 15 coal mines across northern provinces including Shanxi and the Xinjiang region, delivering as much as about 44 million tons of coal, according to a statement by the National Development and Reform Commission. Authorities last week announced the restart of 38 coal mines in Inner Mongolia.