China’s top economic planner said on Wednesday that railway companies and local authorities should strengthen coal transportation in key areas including the northeast region and ensure stable supply for power generation. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) sent local economic planners, energy administrations and railway companies a notice urging them to reinforce coal transportation to secure enough supply to meet residents’ heating demand during the winter season. Local economic planning departments should encourage medium- to long-term supply contracts of thermal coal that have a guarantee of transport capacity, the NDRC said. “Each railway company should strengthen coal transportation to power houses with inventory of less than seven days and launch the emergency supply mechanism timely,” said the NDRC. The notice comes as the world’s second-largest economy grapples with a power shortage, which has halted plants in major industrial hubs and spilled over into […]