ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

COAL PRODUCTION RISES

BY 3 PERCENT, REPORT SAYS

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Domestic coal production totaled 19.3 million tons during the week ending Oct. 16, up 3 percent from the 18.8 million tons produced the previous week, the U.S. Department of Energy reported.

The U.S. coal industry produced 19.4 million tons in the same week last year, according to the department's Energy Information Administration.

Wyoming ranked first among the 26 coal-producing states with

4 million tons produced. Kentucky was second at 2.9 million tons and West Virginia was third at 2.6 million tons, the agency said Monday.

Domestic coal production so far this year is 766 million tons, about 4 percent behind last year's production at this time.

The week's production accounts for bituminous and lignite coal.

CHINESE REFINERY

STAYS OPEN AFTER BLAST

TOKYO - China's Jin Ling refinery in Nanjing remains open after being rocked by a large explosion and fire late last week, sources in China and Hong Kong said.

They said they did not know if any units at the refinery were ever closed after Thursday's blast, which was centered in a 10,000-metric-ton gasoline storage tank.

The Jin Ling refinery's production has not been affected at all by the fire said an industry source in Nanjing.