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(Bloomberg) – Beijing’s desire to lower coal prices to ease pressure on economic growth is being given a timely boost by the country’s railroad and warmer, wetter weather.

The Daqin railway line that transports coal to the key port of Qinhuangdao has delayed the start of its 10-day annual maintenance period until April 18, giving power plants more time to replenish after the winter, said China Coal Transportation and Distribution Association in a report. on Sunday. Meanwhile, the China National Railway Group will open 54 new coal-fired railway routes from April 8, Fengkuang Coal Logistics said in a research note on Monday.

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At the same time, the weather is warming up as the rainy season starts early. This reduces the heating demand and increases the production of hydroelectricity. The combination of factors is expected to limit coal consumption and lower prices over the coming week, according to Fengkuang.

Chinese leaders are keen for this to happen. Beijing has taken extraordinary steps to try to secure the supply of coal at reasonable prices after shortages last year forced the country to cut power to factories and sky-high costs hurt utility results public. The government has ordered a massive increase in mining and plans to impose a price range of 570 to 770 yuan per ton for medium- and long-term coal supplies from May 1.

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The country’s benchmark coal futures are still above that level, although they fell slightly on Tuesday to around 840 yuan a ton.

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