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Sun, 01 Feb, 2015 02:12:01 AM
FTimes Report, Feb 1
Source: Statistics Finland.
Consumption of hard coal decreased by 16 per cent in 2014 in comparison with the previous year, according to Statistics Finland's preliminary data.
Consumption of hard coal as a fuel in the generation of electricity and heat amounted to 3.8 million tonnes, corresponding to approximately 97 petajoules in energy content.
Even in the longer term, consumption of hard coal has fallen. Compared with the average for the 2000s, hard coal consumption was around 22 per cent lower in 2014.
The use of coal in plants of separate production of electricity diminished by 40 per cent last year compared with the previous year as per the data.
Especially in spring and towards the end of the year, clearly less hard coal was consumed than in the year before.
This was affected by the unusually warm weather and the improved water situation in the Nordic countries.
At the end of December 2014, stocks of hard coal totalled 4.1 million tonnes, or 26 per cent more than one year earlier, the statistics show.
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