Industrial Organization of the Chinese Coal Industry

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Program on Energy and Sustainable Development


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China’s annual coal production, at 3.24 billion tonnes (Gt) in 2010, accounted for nearly half of the global total.  In this comprehensive analysis of China’s coal value chain, Jianjun Tu examines the industrial organization and structure of China’s coal production, transport, and consumption.  Tu’s study shines a light on one of the world’s largest and most complex energy markets and should be read by anyone with an interest in the future of coal, climate change, or global energy markets.

Key topics covered include:

  • Review of China’s Coal Industry Policy
  • Coal Supply: Resources, Reserves, and Production
    • Industry Structure and Organization
    • Production Costs
    • The Role of Government
  • Coal Demand: Overview of Coal Consumption in China
    • Power Generation
    • Iron and Steel Industries
    • Chemicals
    • The Role of Government
  • Coal Transport: Rail, Sea, River and Road Transport Networks
  • Coal Grey Markets: the Untold Story of China’s “Unofficial” Coal Market
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