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Published: 29 April 2013

Consumption of hard coal grew by 31 per cent in January to March

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, consumption of hard coal increased by 31 per cent in January to March this year from the respective period of last year. Its total consumption as fuel in the generation of electricity and heat amounted to 1.8 million tonnes, corresponding to 45 petajoules in energy content. Use of hard coal increased in plants of separate production of electricity, which consumed 174 per cent more of it than a year earlier in 2012.

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes
The data for years 2012 and 2013 are preliminary.

In January to March this year, the consumption of hard coal was four per cent up on the average for the 2000s. At the end of March 2013, stocks of hard coal totalled some 2.8 million tonnes, or 28 per cent less than one year earlier. Separate production of condensate power increased by 48 per cent in the early part of the year. Net imports of electricity from the Nordic countries went down by 34 per cent and imports from Russia by over ten per cent in the first quarter of the year compared to one year earlier. The water situation has become worse than average in Norway and Sweden after the end of the year, which has had an effect on the production of inexpensive hydro power to the Nordic electricity markets.

Source: Consumption of hard coal, Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. March 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.3.2024].
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