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Italy’s thermal coal imports drop

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Italy’s thermal coal imports are expected to fall 7% to 15 million t in 2016, according to the Italian coal association, Assocarboni. Metallurgical coal imports are forecast to remain steady at 3.5 million t.

The figures were announced by Andrea Clavarino, President of Assocarboni, during the 2016 Coal Industry Advisory Board’s recent Plenary Meeting in Paris. The CIAB is a consultative body to the International Energy Agency (IEA) comprising senior executives from the global coal industry.

Coal plays a relatively minor part in the Italian power mix with just a 13% share – one of the lowest in Europe. The EU average is 28%. More than 70% of the country’s electricity is produced by natural gas and renewables.

Italy’s coal-fired power plants are, however, among the more efficient in the world with an average efficiency rate of 40% and peaks of 46% at Torrevaldalinga Nord. Only plants in Denmark and Japan reach similar efficiency levels.

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