Houston — Weekly US coal production totaled an estimated 14.83 million st in the week ended May 26, up 7.8% from the prior week and up 0.6% from the year-ago week, US Energy Information Administration data showed Thursday.
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It was the highest weekly estimate since the week ended March 24. For the recently-concluded week, coal production in Wyoming and Montana, which is mostly made up of production from the Powder River Basin, totaled an estimated 6.56 million st, up 6.4% from last week and up 4.1% compared with the year-ago week.
On an annualized basis, production in the two states would total 337.2 million st, down 4.1% from last year.
In Central Appalachia, weekly coal production totaled an estimated 1.99 million st, up 9.8% from last week and up 3.5% from last year. Annualized production would total 97 million st, up 5.9% from 2017.
Weekly coal production in Northern Appalachia totaled an estimated 1.97 million st, up 7.7% from last week but down 5.3% compared with last year. Annualized production would total 101.4 million st, down 3.4% from last year.
In the Illinois Basin, weekly coal production totaled an estimated 1.74 million st, up 10.1% from last week but down 5.2% from last year. Annualized production in the basin would total 103.6 million st, down 0.8% from 2017.
Through the first 21 weeks of the year, US coal production totals an estimated 304.5 million st, and would total an estimated 753.9 million st on an annualized basis, down 2.6% from last year.