Russia plans to raise its coal output by around 1% YoY, to 413 million tons in 2018, according to documents signed at a ministerial meeting between Russia and Belarus on June 13.
Coal consumption is expected at 192.5 million tons in Russia and 630,000 tons in Belarus, of which 530,000 tons will be imported from Russia.
Russia’s coal exports may rise by 3.3% YoY, to 192.47 million tons in 2018.
In April Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak projected coal output at 410 million tons and coal exports at 187-188 million tons in 2018.
In 2017 Russia produced 408.9 million tons of coal, up by 5.7%, and exported 186.3 million tons of coal, a 14.8% rise. (Prime/Ukrainian metal)