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.