Houston — Weekly US coal production was estimated to be over 9.8 million st in the week ended Jan. 2, up 12.5% from the previous week, Energy Information Administration data said Jan. 7.
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From the year-ago week, output was down 18.5%. From a five-year average of 11.9 million st, production declined 17.4%.
Weekly production across all four major basin jumped week on week, led by Wyoming and Montana joint output.
Production from the two states, which is largely made up of Powder River Basin coal, was over 4.6 million st in the most recent week, up 13.4% from the prior week. Year on year, output declined 15.9%.
Central Appalachian production increased 12.3% week on week to almost 1.1 million st and declined from the year-ago week 23.9%.
Output in the Illinois Basin was estimated at almost 1.2 million st, up 10.2% from the previous week and down 15.9% year on year.
In Northern Appalachia, production was about 1.3 million st, up 9% from the previous week and down 23.9% from the year-ago week.