Chile imported 1.166 million mt of coal in May, up 33.6% from the same month in 2016, government data showed Friday.
The monthly figure also marked a rise of 31.5% from April.
Chile's main coal suppliers were Colombia (782,000 mt), Australia (237,000 mt), the US (103,000 mt) and Canada (44,000 mt).
The monthly increase followed a rise in coal-fired generation in May to 2,819 GWh, up from 2,506 GWh in April. This is down from slightly from a year ago. Coal accounted for 44.8% of electricity generated on Chile's two main grids that month.
Coal imports during the first five months of the year totaled 4.728 million mt, up 5.6% from the same period last year.
The data showed no exports of coal during the month.
Source: PlattsPrevious Next