COAL BRIEFS

COAL BRIEFS

CHINA STARTS WORK

ON ITS LARGEST MINEChina has started construction on the country's largest coal mine in western Inner Mongolia, the English-language China Daily reported Friday, quoting the Xinhua News Agency.

Preparation work is under way at the site called the Jungar coalfield, the paper said.

The project will include a 200-megawatt power plant, a railway bridge across the Yellow River and a 130-mile single-track electric rail line to transport the coal.

The first phase of construction, to finish before the end of 1992, will cost 4.1 billion renminbi, the Energy Ministry said. (At current rates, 4.7 renminbi equal $1.)

The Jungar field has estimated deposits of 26.2 billion metric tons and will have an annual output of about 12 million tons.