Which Country Extracts the Most Coal?

Total Primary Coal Production (kt), 2015
Metals & Mining | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 66 countries in 2015, China ranked the highest in primary coal production with 4,376,984 kt followed by USA and India. On the other end of the scale was Albania with 0.100 kt, Nepal with 17.0 kt and Italy with 80.0 kt.

Total primary coal production reached 8,764,412 kt in 2015 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 1.64 % less than in the previous year and 24.3 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total primary coal production reached an all time high of 9,035,380 kt in 2013 and an all time low of 4,179,633 kt in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 2.14 % since 1980.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 49.9 % of primary coal production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 67.5 % share while the ten largest countries some 91.8 % in 2015.

Data for more countries are available at Total Primary Coal Production indicator page.

Total Primary Coal Production Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Australia kt 449,631 467,823 443,390 492,786 521,121
Canada kt 69,377 74,843 73,981 73,299 75,958
China kt 3,301,803 3,560,635 3,878,012 4,348,754 4,380,935
Colombia kt 80,256 81,957 94,582 98,132 94,247
Czech Republic kt 62,189 60,858 63,828 61,566 53,990
Germany kt 202,410 200,955 207,853 217,144 210,493
Greece kt 71,532 62,303 64,668 69,397 59,441
India kt 614,918 619,843 633,774 658,864 670,471
Indonesia kt 321,045 358,251 397,202 454,152 522,495
Kazakhstan kt 111,173 122,278 128,364 124,317 124,433
Poland kt 148,356 146,257 152,680 158,197 156,875
Russia kt 304,228 354,615 354,869 363,058 385,818
South Africa kt 275,015 280,562 278,617 285,031 282,812
Turkey kt 87,633 80,909 83,904 78,772 66,572
USA kt 1,074,923 1,084,368 1,095,628 1,016,458 984,842