BEIJING, June 12 China will speed up the closure
of small-scale coal mines and strengthen inspections on safer
production over the next three years, a government plan released
on Monday showed.
Beijing will accelerate closing small-scale coal mines with
an annual production capacity of 90,000 tonnes or less, as part
of its plan to improve mine safety, according to the 13th
five-year plan on the production safety of coal mines, jointly
issued by China's State Administration of Work Safety and State
Administration of Coal Mine Safety.
China will reduce the death toll in coal mine accidents by
more than 15 percent by 2020, according to the plan.
Major coal mines accidents will be effectively controlled by
2020, the document said.
There were 9,598 coal mines in China at end-2015 and 45.5
percent of them were small-scale. With poor safety conditions
and equipment, most of the mines were vulnerable to disasters,
the document said.
A series of accidents have occurred in the past at coal
mines in major production hubs in China, causing fatalities.
China's coal output rose to 3.75 billion tonnes in 2015,
from 3.24 billion tonnes in 2010. The death toll from coal mine
accidents dropped 75.4 percent to 598 during the same five-year
period, according to the document.
(Reporting by Hallie Gu and Beijing Monitoring Desk, editing by