Kazakhstan boosts coal exports in 7M2022

Processing Materials 2 September 2022 11:42
Baku, Azerbaijan Trend News Agency Nargiz Sadikhova
Kazakhstan boosts coal exports in 7M2022

The total production volume of bituminous coal, lignite and coal concentrate grew in Kazakhstan from January through July 2022, Trend reports via

This figure amounted to 66.4 million tons, up by 5.8 percent on annual basis.

Around 92.6 percent of production in the sector fell on bituminous coal - 61.5 million tons, including production of thermal coal (9.3 million tons), coking coal (4.5 million tons), lignite or brown coal (2.6 million tons), and coal concentrate (2.3 million tons).

The largest volume of production in the regional context traditionally fell on the Pavlodar region - 39 million tons (increase of five percent over the year), followed by the Karaganda region - 21.3 million tons.

In 2021, the country's enterprises totally produced 116.2 million tons of coal, which is 2.5 percent more than a year earlier.

From January through June 2022, Kazakhstan almost completely met the demand (sales on the domestic market plus exports) for coal. Nearly 30 percent of bituminous coal resources (16.4 million tons worth $457.4 million) were exported. In volume terms the export grew by 20.8 percent, and in monetary terms – by 2.1 times.

Kazakhstan supplied the largest volumes of bituminous coal (10.9 million tons worth $156.2 million) to the CIS countries, with 62.2 percent of the total export volume felling on Russia. The three key importers also included Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Besides, 5.4 million tons of coal worth $301.2 million were exported from Kazakhstan to non-CIS countries, with Switzerland being the key direction - 3.7 million tons (growth of 73.1 percent).

The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development of Kazakhstan has formed a plan for the demand for coal for 2022-2023 in the context of regions and cities of national importance. A roadmap was developed which envisages the preliminary preparation of coal for budgetary organizations and the population.

According to the plan, the volume of consumption will be nearly 9.6 million tons, of which 2.6 million tons for the public sector and seven million tons for the population. Over the seven months of this year, 4.5 million tons have already been shipped for the population and budgetary organizations, which is 10 percent more than in the same period last year.

Besides, given last year's facts of the export of ‘social’ coal intended for the population at special rates, an order was developed prohibiting the export of coal by motor transport, with no restrictions on rail transport.