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Published: 25 January 2007

Consumption of hard coal more than doubled last year

Approximately 6.6 million tonnes (160,000 TJ) of hard coal was consumed as fuel in the generation of electricity and heat in 2006. The consumption went up by 105 per cent from the previous year. The large increase mainly arose because separate production of electricity in condensing power plants tripled from 2005. Throughout most of last year, the price of electricity on the Nordic wholesale market remained so high that using hard coal as fuel for condensing power was economically viable. Condensing power produced with coal was used to compensate diminished production of hydro power in the Nordic countries. The use of hard coal in combined heat and power production also increased somewhat.

Consumption of hard coal showed especially strong growth in the third quarter of last year, because consumption in the third quarter of the year before it was very low. Consumption in the third quarter, which totalled 1.8 million tonnes, was the highest in the 2000s. Throughout last year, consumption of hard coal remained 14 per cent below the record year of 2003.

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

 

Consumption of Hard Coal, 1000 t

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
January 610 490 580 820 890 380 550
February 450 600 440 750 720 430 590
March 390 640 420 730 660 570 660
April 250 430 320 660 550 280 420
May 290 340 190 570 490 230  370
June 100 260 130 380 460 90  450
July 80 190 210 380 410 50 500
August 220 210 270 490 480  90 580
September 270 230 450 650 430  90 680
October 380 330 760 700 530 210 660
November 400 420 770 700 630  300  660
December 470 570 800 800 480  460  450
 
Whole year 3910 4710 5360 7640 6720 3200 6570

Hard Coal Stocks, month-end, million tonnes

  2006
January 5.0
February 4.6
March 4.1
April 3.9
May 3.8
June 3.7
July 3.4
August 3.2
September 3.3
October 3.5
November 3.8
December 4.4

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

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Director in charge: Ms Kaija Hovi

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Last updated 25.1.2007

Referencing instructions:

Statistics: Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. December 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.8.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kivih/2006/12/kivih_2006_12_2007-01-25_tie_001_en.html