Coal industry


Shanxi is a province abundant in coal resources with potential coal reserves of 270.9 billion metric tons and ranking third for quantity in China. 

The output of raw coal above designated scale reached 1.06 billion tons in 2020, increasing 8.2 percent year on year. The added value of the coal industry in 2020 was up 8.4 percent year on year. Coal exports amounted to 186,000 tons in 2020 –– 1.6 times higher than that of the previous year.

The coal companies above designated scale generated 677.8 billion yuan ($104.51 billion) in revenues and 44.17 billion yuan in profits during 2020, representing year-on-year decrease of 6.3 percent and 34.7 percent. 

To further integrate coal resources and upgrade industrial structures in the province, Shanxi has been reducing its reliance on coal and transforming its economy by eliminating outdated coal mines. 

Shanxi eliminated 156.85 million metric tons of annual coal production capacity during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20) to cut production overcapacity in the coal industry.

The province reduced its annual coal production capacity to 1.35 billion tons from 1.46 billion tons in 2016, shut down more than 178 coal mines and closed all coal mines with an annual output of less than 600,000 tons. The reduction amount was the largest among all provincial-level regions in the country.