Intelligent coal mines account for over a half in Inner Mongolia General 2024-05-20 15:04:07

Inner Mongolia autonomous region has made fast advancements in coal mines' intelligent construction, building up 155 smart coal mines as of end-April this year, accounting for over a half of the total number of operating coal mines in the region, according to local energy authority.


Besides, Inner Mongolia has completed the building of 240 intelligent mining faces, 219 smart driving faces, and employed 306 unmanned vehicles at its open-pit coal mines, the bureau said.


Inner Mongolia, one of the key national energy bases in China, boasted its guaranteed coal supply, coal delivery to other provinces, total power generation and electricity transmission to other regions all ranking first in China in 2023.


It extracted 1.22 billion tonnes of raw coal and shouldered coal supply guarantee tasks of 945 million tonnes in 2023. Its installed power capacity exceeded 200 GW.


The large coal producing province has accelerated the reform of coal production method which has brought threefold benefits to the local coal industry - employment reduction, efficiency improvement and safety enhancement.  


Up to now, nine coal mines in the region including Jungar Energy's Heidaigou, Mengtai Group's Bulianlou and China Huaneng's Yimin have been assessed as the first-batch national demonstrating intelligent coal mines, whose experiences can be replicated and popularized to other coal mines.


The 20 models, including the 5G system and AI analysis platform applied in Laoshidan mine and intelligent mining face at thin coal seam in Huangbaici mine, were selected into the Typical Cases of National Intelligent Coal Mine Construction (2023), taking up a quarter of China's total.


In the context, Inner Mongolia's raw coal output by enterprises in designated size reached 320 million tonnes in the first quarter of this year, ranking the top in the country.


It registered a year-on-year increase of 2.9% in the period, 7 percentage points higher than the national average rate.


(Writing by Shengnan Liu  Editing by Emma Yang)
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