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Feedstock, delivery issues lower coke plant operations


Production among merchant coke makers across China remains limited this week, the second week after the Chinese New Year holiday break ended on February 2, with some coke producers deciding to trim their run rates by as much as 50%, according to industry watchers. The merchant coke makers are concerned about tight supplies of coking coal and government-imposed restrictions on the use of heavy-duty trucks to control the spread of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, Mysteel Global was told.
“The resumption of work at coking coal mines has been slow, and even some coking plants in Shanxi are unable to obtain sufficient coal to sustain their operations,” observed a Shanxi-based industrial source in North China, the country’s largest coking-coal mining province. Coal transportation via heavy trucks from Shanxi remains disrupted, with some areas banning the entry


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