Coc Sau coal mine. The Vietnam National Coal – Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited is trying to meet the increasing demand for coal. (Photo: vinacomin.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) had been working to meet the increasing demand for coal for electricity generation and production, Vinacomin’s general director Dang Thanh Hai said.

Vinacomin targeted to reach an output of 4.1 million tonnes of coal in March. Production would be step up at open-cast coal mines such as Cao Son, Deo Nai, Coc Sau and Tay Nam Da Mai.

In the first two months of this year, coal production reached 6.66 million tonnes, 1 million higher than the figure in the same period last year.

Increasing coal production to meet the demand of the economy, especially for electricity generation, was Vinacomin’s priority, Hai said.

Vinacomin has set a target of reaching 40 million tonnes in 2019 while consumption demand is forecast at 42 million tonnes. As much as 31.9 million tonnes will be supplied for electricity generation. The group plans to import 4 million tonnes to meet the demand.

Vinacomin’s coal production output was 36.95 million tonnes last year with sales of 40.5 million tonnes.-VNA