Energy Information Administration Releases 2016 U.S. Anthracite Production Figures

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released final coal production figures for 2016. According to the Federal agency, overall anthracite production declined by 17.6 percent in 2016. Pennsylvania anthracite production totaled 1.61 million tons in 2016. This is compared with 1.95 million tons of anthracite in the fourth quarter of 2015.

2016 Fourth quarter anthracite production totaled only 421,000 tons compared with 477,000 tons of prepared product in 2015.

Overall U.S. coal production declined by 18.8 percent in 2016. In 2016 U.S. coal production reached 727.447 million tons compared to 895.557 million tons in 2015. Pennsylvania bituminous coal operators fared better than the national average. Pennsylvania bituminous coal production slipped by 8 percent to 44.241 million tons.

Once again, the majority of U.S. coal production occurred west of the Mississippi River. Western coal states accounted for nearly 447 million tons. Coal states east of the Mississippi River contributed 280.5 million tons.

Finally, U.S. coal exports declined in 2016. Approximately 26 MMst of coal is estimated to have been exported to Europe in 2016, down from 38 MMst in 2015. U.S. coal exports to Asia also declined in 2016, particularly to South Korea, where exports are estimated to have been about 3.5 MMst, a 43% decrease from the 2015 level. EIA estimates that the United States exported 57 MMst of coal in 2016, a 23% decline from the previous year.

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