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Latest publication: Consumption of hard coal 2019, September

Published: 24 October 2008

Consumption of hard coal decreased by 36 per cent in January to September

Approximately 2.3 million tonnes (56,000 TJ) of hard coal was consumed as fuel in the generation of electricity and heat in the January to September period of 2008. The consumption fell by 36 per cent from the corresponding period of the previous year and was 40 per cent below the average for the 2000s. Use of hard coal decreased both in separate production of electricity and in combined heat and power production. The reasons for the decrease in consumption were the favourable water situation in the Nordic countries and ample production of hydro power as well as the beginning of the second EU emissions trading period at the start of the year. The need for heating energy was reduced by the mild weather in January and February.

The depletion of the water supply in the Nordic countries which started in August-September showed as an increase in the use of hard coal in the latest quarter. At the same time, Finland's exports of electricity grew larger than imports on the Nordic electricity market. Nevertheless, 28 per cent less hard coal was still consumed in the third quarter than in the corresponding period of the year before.

Consumption of Hard Coal, 12-month moving total, million tonnes

Consumption of Hard Coal, 1000 t

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
January 490 580 820 890 380 550 560 410
February 600 440 750 720 430 590 680 330
March 640 420 730 660 570 660 510 330
April 430 320 660 550 280 420 340 230
May 340 190 570 490 230 370 240 150
June 260 130 380 460 90 450 300 170
July 190 210 380 410 50 500 110 90
August 210 270 490 480 90 580 300 200
September 230 450 650 430 90 680 500 370
October 330 760 700 530 210 660 640  
November 420 770 700 630 300 660 750  
December 570 800 800 480 460 450 720  
   
1st to 3rd quarter total 3390 3020 5430 5080 2230 4810 3530 2270
   
Whole year 4710 5360 7640 6720 3200 6590 5640  

Hard Coal Stocks, month-end, million tonnes

  2006 2007 2008
January 5.0 4.4 3.6
February 4.6 4.1 3.6
March 4.1 4.2 3.7
April 3.9 4.4 3.7
May 3.8 4.8 3.9
June 3.7 4.8 4.0
July 3.4 4.9 4.1
August 3.2 5.0 4.3
September 3.3 4.7  4.1
October 3.5 4.5  
November 3.8 4.1  
December 4.4 3.7  

Source: Since 2005 Statistics Finland, 1997-2004 Coal Users' Committee/Finergy

Inquiries: Mr Anssi Vuorio +358 9 1734 2685, Ms Leena Timonen +358 9 1734 2518, energia@stat.fi

Acting Director in charge: Mr Matti Parkkinen

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Last updated 24.10.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. September 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.11.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kivih/2008/09/kivih_2008_09_2008-10-24_tie_001_en.html