Indonesia's 2010 Coal Output to be 270M Tons


". . .there is a trend to increase domestic coal demand."

Indonesia, the world's largest thermal coal exporter, is expected to produce 270 million tons of coal this year, an official said on Monday, up 6% from 2009.

Domestic coal consumption is seen at 64 million tons in 2010, Bambang Setiawan, director-general of coal and mineral resources, told the Coaltrans conference in Bali.

Indonesia produced 254 million tons of coal in 2009, according to government data based primarily on those mining firms which have contacts of work.

Setiawan said that Indonesia still has the ability to export coal because domestic demand remains low.

"But there is a trend to increase domestic coal demand," he added, particularly as more coal-fired power plants come on stream as part of the government's efforts to increase power production.

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