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Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 10 Oct 2021

China directs coal miners to increase output amid energy shortage

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The Chinese administration has asked the country's coal mines to boost output as an energy shortage across the country has seen millions of homes and businesses hit by power cuts in recent weeks.

Three major coal-producing provinces have pledged to increase production, BBC reported quoting Chinese news agency Caixin.

Several regions in the country are suffering from blackouts since the middle of last month.

Demand for electricity is increasing in the nation as the country emerges from lockdowns.

North China's Inner Mongolia region has told more than 70 mines to boost annual output capacity by nearly 100 million tonnes, according to the Reuters news agency, citing a government official and coal traders, reports BBC.