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Weekly US coal production totals 12.7 million st, down 18.4% on year: EIA

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  • Down 23.1% from five-year weekly average
  • Annualized 2019 output estimated 704 million st

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Weekly US coal production was estimated to be 12.7 million st in the week ended December 14, down 0.1% from the previous week, Energy Information Administration data showed Thursday.

From the year-ago week, production dropped 18.4%.

Through 50 weeks, production was estimated to be about 678 million st, down 8.4% from the year-ago period, and on an annualized basis total US output will be nearly 705 million st, down 6.4% year on year.

The five-year average for week 50 is over 16.5 million st, leaving the most recent week at a 23.1% deficit.

Production from Wyoming and Montana, largely made up of Powder River Basin coal, totaled nearly 5.6 million st, down 0.4% from the prior week. Output from the two states was also down 22.5%, the steepest decline year on year compared with the other four major basins.

Output from the two states year to date was about 292 million st, leaving the annualized estimate about 303 million st, down 11.3% from 2018 full-year production.

Illinois Basin output was 1.9 million st, up 1.2% week on week and down 13.3% from the year-ago week.

Through the year so far, IB output was estimated to be 101 million st and annualized to be 105 million st, down 1.3% from 2018.

Output from Northern Appalachia totaled about 1.9 million st, down 1.1% from the week before and down 14.4% year on year.

NAPP production was about 100 million st through 50 weeks. On an annualized basis, NAPP output would be 104 million st, up 0.5% and the only basin of the four to increase year on year.

Central Appalachian production totaled over 1.5 million st, up 2.7% from the previous week and down 15.3% from the year-ago week.

Output from CAPP through 50 weeks was over 84 million st. Annualized, production was expected to be about 88 million st, down 6% year on year.