Tribunnews.com April 10, 2014 reported that one of China’s largest coal export markets Indonesia intends to ban the import of low rank coal or coal that has a high ash content and sulfur .
The policy was planned to hit the high air pollution caused by coal burning . Ren Lixin , head of the coal division of the National Energy Administration ( NEA ) said China wants to import high quality coal .
Keep in mind , China is the world’s largest coal consumer . This year , the consumption of coal used for power generation is projected to rise more or less the same as in 2013 .
Although it has not been decided , the policy was being considered . The point is , China plans to ban the import of low rank coal in order to overcome the high air pollution in China .
In the policy plans , coal imports are restricted are those that have calories below 4,540 kilocalories per kilogram , sulfur content of more than 1 % and ash content of more than 25 % .
China imported 330 million metric tons of coal last year . In the plan of the Chinese government , this year there is a reduction targeted energy from coal by 65 % .
Meanwhile , the price of coal calorie of 5,500 kilocalories per kilogram at Qinhuangdao , traded in the range of 525 yuan – 535 yuan per tonne on April 7.