JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – Indonesia’s coal production in the ten months to October, 2015, reached 322.5 million tons, dropped 12.96 percent, from the same period last year of 382 million tons, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) data shows.
The production in the ten months represents 78.23 percent of full year government target of 425 million tons.
Director for Coal at the Energy Ministry Adhi Wibowo said the decline was due to falling exports. Meanwhile, coal supply to domestic market under the domestic market obligation (DMO) scheme was relatively unchanged from last year.
Total coal exports in January-October reached 215 million tons, fell 32.39 percent compared to the same period last year of 318 million tons.
At present, around 70 percent of Indonesia’s coal production are exported. The government said in the years to come, coal exports will be reduced and at the same time coal supply to domestic market is raised to meet growing domestic demand in particular from coal fired power plants.
Sudirman Said, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, earlier said that the government targets to reduce coal production to 400 million tons in 2019.
The largest coal reserves potentials in Indonesia are low and medium calorie coal at 88 percent and the remainder potential reserves are high calorie coal. (*)