Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 21
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekistan decreased coal production by 11.4 percent to 1.789 million metric tons in January-June 2015 compared to the same period of 2014, Uzbekugol JSC, the main producer of solid fuel in the republic, said August 20.
Uzbekugol JSC produced about 1.674 million metric tons of coal (10.3 percent decrease), Shargunkumir JSC - 63,300 metric tons (58.3 percent growth) and Apartak Ltd. - 51,800 metric tons (54.2 percent decrease), according to the company.
The total volume of overburden operations decreased by 6.5 percent to 9.1 million cubic meters, the statement said.
The enterprises supplied 1.829 million tons of coal to consumers in January-June 2015 or by 14.5 percent less compared to the same period of 2014.
In particular, Uzbekugol supplied 1.712 million metric tons of coal (a 13.1 percent decrease), Shargunkumir - 66,200 metric tons (a 45.2 percent growth), Apartak - 51,300 metric tons (a 59.1 percent decrease).
The investments in the industry amounted to 72.9 billion soums in January-July, which is 11.6 percent more than it was planned.
Currently, the proven coal reserves hit more than two billion tons in Uzbekistan. Coal is produced in three fields, Angren brown coal field, Shargun and Baisun coalfields.
The Angren coalfield is the largest in Uzbekistan, with explored coal reserves of 1.9 billion metric tons. The Angren and Apartak sections, where open production is carried out, are used here.
The main consumers of coal in the country are Uzbekenergo State JSC, thermal power plants fueled by solid fuel. They account for over 85 percent of total coal consumption in the country.
The coal production increased by 7.5 percent up to 4.397 million tons in Uzbekistan in 2014 compared to 2013.
Edited by CN