Feature Report: Coal Producers and Consumers

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Coal Producers

China is still the number one coal producer. Global coal production continued to slow significantly between 2014 and 2015. It had declined for the first time in decades between 2013 and 2014, by 0.7%, and fell again between 2014 and 2015, by 4%. With the exception of India and Russia, output contracted from all the largest producers. China, which accounts for almost half of global coal production, continued to slowly but steadily cut back its output (down 2%), while production in the United States fell by more than 10%. As consumption in the United States declined even further, the surplus was exported to the global markets.

Coal Producers (in Mtoe)

Country 2014 2015 Change 2015 over 2014 Share of Global Coal Production
China 1,864.2 1,827.0 -2.0% 47.7%
United States 508.0 455.2 -10.4% 11.9%
Australia 287.3 275.0 -4.3% 7.2%
Indonesia 281.7 241.1 -14.4% 6.3%
India 271.0 283.9 4.7% 7.4%
Russia 176.6 184.5 4.5% 4.8%
South Africa 148.2 142.9 -3.6% 3.7%
Kazakhstan 48.9 45.8 -6.3% 1.2%
Poland 54.0 53.7 -0.6% 1.4%
Colombia 57.6 55.6 -3.4% 1.5%
Germany 44.1 42.9 -2.7% 1.1%
Ukraine 25.9 16.4 -36.7% 0.4%
Rest of the World 221.4 206.1 -3.8% 5.4%
Total World 3,988.9 3,830.1 -4.0% 100.0%

 

Source : BP Statistical Review 2016