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Thailand's June coal imports slide 6% on year to 1.82 million mt

Hanoi — Thailand imported 1.82 million mt of coal in June, down 6.4% from a yearearlier, customs data released Wednesday showed.

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It imported 1.01 million mt of bituminous coal, down 7% year on year.

Indonesia was Thailand's largest supplier of bituminous coal in June with550,987 mt, nearly 32% down from 809,862 mt in June last year, followed byAustralia with 456,609 mt, which exported 66.7% more coal from June 2015.

Thailand imported only 69 mt of anthracite coal in the month, down 99.1%year on year, mainly from China.

Imports of other coals stood at 815,201 mt in June, down 4.7% from a yearago, mainly from Indonesia at 760,000 mt, 5.3% lower year on year, andAustralia at 286,715 mt, down 36.1% from June last year.

In the first half of the year, Thailand imported 11.13 million mt ofcoal, up 3.5% from 10.76 million mt in H1 2015.

Of this, 5.61 million mt were bituminous coal, up 6.8% year on year. Thekey supplier in the period was Indonesia with 3.41 million mt, up 1% year onyear, followed by Australia with 2.11 million mt, rising 13.4% from the sameperiod last year, according to the data.

Thailand's imports of anthracite coal in H1 stood at 47,359 mt, down35.8% from 73,786 mt in H1 last year. Russia was a new supplier with 19,718mt, while imports from China surged 103.2% year on year to 12,063 mt in theperiod.

Imports of other coals edged up 0.8% to 5.48 million mt in H1, mainlyfrom Indonesia (5.16 million mt, down 3% year on year) and Australia (1.65million mt, up 4.2% from H1 2015).

Thailand produced 6.88 million mt of lignite over January-May, rising7.5% from the same period in 2015, according to data released July 12 fromThailand's Energy Policy and Planning Office.

Data for domestic output in June and first half was not available.

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, or EGAT, accounts formost of the country's domestic lignite production, which is mainly supplied toits own power plants.

In the first five months of this year, the country consumed 16.94 millionmt of coal and lignite, up 9.5% year on year. Of this, coal accounted for58.7%, or 9.95 million mt, of the total.

Coal-fired power plants consumed 10.31 million mt of coal and ligniteover January-May, or 60.9% of the total, rising 11.4% year on year.

--Staff, newsdesk@platts.com--Edited by E Shailaja Nair, shailaja.nair@spglobal.com