Which Country Extracts the Most Lignite Coal?

Lignite Coal Production (kt), 2015
Metals & Mining | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 35 countries in 2015, China ranked the highest in lignite coal production with 241,236 kt followed by Germany and Russia. On the other end of the scale was Malaysia with 188 kt, New Zealand with 249 kt and Myanmar with 357 kt.

Total lignite coal production reached 1,161,389 kt in 2015 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 1.36 % less than in the previous year and 10.2 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total lignite coal production reached an all time high of 1,284,807 kt in 1989 and an all time low of 965,333 kt in 1999. The average annual growth amounted to 0.483 % since 1980.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 20.8 % of lignite coal production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 45.1 % share while the ten largest countries some 80.2 % in 2015.

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

Lignite 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 79,407 79,466 78,264 81,062 71,360
Bulgaria kt 29,926 32,385 40,907 35,837 31,543
China kt 127,343 138,111 150,283 221,447 241,454
Czech Republic kt 50,063 48,253 51,411 47,987 44,517
Germany kt 187,235 186,735 194,560 204,404 201,388
Greece kt 71,532 62,303 64,668 68,111 59,441
India kt 37,557 41,594 46,663 47,941 29,556
Indonesia kt ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 52,902
Poland kt 62,951 62,292 69,270 70,857 72,586
Romania kt 37,423 34,307 39,107 37,469 27,198
Russia kt 76,072 83,909 84,164 85,820 87,203
Serbia kt ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 42,429 41,861 45,311 41,912 44,420
Thailand kt 19,606 20,221 23,509 20,201 19,391
Turkey kt 83,309 76,829 79,973 72,697 63,411
USA kt 72,479 78,230 80,953 78,927 77,229