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Houston — Weekly US coal production totaled over 12.7 million st in the week ended December 7, up 6.7% from the previous week, Energy Information Administration data showed Thursday.

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From the year-ago week, output was down 15.9%.

The five-year average for week 49 was over 16.5 million st, leaving the most recent week at a 23% deficit. Year-to-date output was an estimated 665 million st, 8.2% compared with the corresponding period last year.

Total US production on an annualized basis would be nearly 706 million st, down 6.3% from 2018 production.

In contrast, the EIA's December Short-term Energy Outlook forecast output of 697 million st for 2019.

Production from Wyoming and Montana, largely made up of Powder River Basin coal, totaled 5.6 million st. From the week before output rose 5.7%, while year on year it dropped 19.8%.

Production through week 49 from the two states totaled 286 million st, down 9.6% from the year-ago period.

Annualized, output should be nearly 304 million st, down 11.2% from 2018 levels.

Illinois Basin output was about 1.9 million st in the most recent week, up 7.2% week on week and down 11.7% from the year-ago period.

IB production totaled over 99 million st through the year so far, down 2.6% year on year. On an annualized basis, output would total 105 million st, down 1.2% from 2018.

Output from the Northern Appalachian region totaled about 1.9 million st. Production increased the most from the NAPP Basin compared with the other four, up 8.3%, while from the year-ago period production declined 10.8%.

NAPP production through week 49 was about 98 million st, down 0.6% from the year-ago period. Annualized, output would be 104 million st, up 0.6% from 2018 and the only basin to have an estimated increase year on year.

Central Appalachian production was 1.5 million st, up 5.7% from the previous week and down 15% year on year.

CAPP output through the most recent was about 83 million st, down 7% from the same point last year.

Annualized, CAPP output would total about 88 million st, down 5.8% year on year.

-- Olivia Kalb, olivia.kalb@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Richard Rubin, newsdesk@spglobal.com