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Polish nine-month hard coal production down 6.7% to 52.05 million mt


Hard coal production by Poland's state-owned mines from January-September fell 6.7% year on year to 52.05 million mt, the economy ministry said Thursday.

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The mines made a net loss of Zloty 532 million ($158 million) in the period because of lower demand leading to falling prices amid rising costs, the ministry said in a report.

Thermal coal production from January-September was 43.1 million mt, down 8.1% year on year, while coking coal production rose 0.7% to 8.94 million mt.

Hard coal sales volumes fell 5.75 million mt year on year to 49.51 million mt, with thermal coal sales down 11.6% to 40.6 million mt and coking coal sales 4.7% lower at 8.9 million mt.

Domestic hard coal sales fell 7.2% mainly because of falling demand from power and CHP plants, which accounted for 82% of hard coal sales.

Hard coal exports fell 28% to 6 million mt, with exports by state-owned trader Weglokoks down 31% to 4.7 million mt and direct exports by individual miners down 19% to 1.3 million mt.

Of total exports, 87% went to EU countries. Germany bought 1.7 million mt of thermal coal and the Czech Republic 1.5 million mt.

Outside the EU, Morocco bought 523,100 mt of thermal coal, or 68% of total non-EU exports.

The amount of coal stockpiled in state-owned collieries at the end of September was 8.43 million mt, up 5% year on year.

The average market price for Polish hard coal in the first nine months of the year fell 6.6% to Zloty 278.57/mt, with the average thermal coal price down 4.9% and the average coking coal price 13.3% lower.

The sector's average production cost rose 3.4% to Zloty 309.08/mt.

--Adam Easton,
--Edited by Dan Lalor,