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Latest publication: Consumption of hard coal 2019, March

Published: 27 January 2009

Consumption of hard coal decreased by 33 per cent last year

Approximately 3.8 million tonnes (94,000 TJ) of hard coal was consumed as fuel in the generation of electricity and heat in 2008. The consumption fell by 33 per cent from the previous year and was 31 per cent below the average for the 2000s. Use of hard coal decreased both in separate production of electricity and in combined heat and power production. The reasons for the decreased consumption were the favourable water situation in Finland and ample production of hydro power, and the start of the second EU emissions trading period at the beginning of the year. Mild weather also reduced the need for heating energy.

In the last quarter, the use of hard coal increased in condensing power production due to lowered prices of emission rights and depletion of the water supply in the Nordic countries. However, Finland still had a plentiful supply of water in the last quarter and was a net seller on the Nordic electricity market. The economic downturn reduced industry's electricity need towards the end of the year. Twenty-eight per cent less hard coal was consumed in the last quarter than in the corresponding period of the year before.

Consumption of Hard Coal, 12-month moving total, million tonnes

Consumption of Hard Coal, 1,000 t

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
January 490 580 820 890 380 550 560 410
February 600 440 750 720 430 590 680 330
March 640 420 730 660 570 660 510 330
April 430 320 660 550 280 420 340 230
May 340 190 570 490 230 370 240 150
June 260 130 380 460 90 450 300 170
July 190 210 380 410 50 500 110 90
August 210 270 490 480 90 580 300 200
September 230 450 650 430 90 680 500   370
October 330 760 700 530 210 660 640 430
November 420 770 700 630 300 660 750  520
December 570 800 800 480 460 450 720  570
   
Whole year 4 710 5 360 7 640 6 720 3 200 6 590 5 660 3 790

Hard Coal Stocks, month-end, million tonnes

  2006 2007 2008
January 5.0 4.4 3.6
February 4.6 4.1 3.6
March 4.1 4.2 3.7
April 3.9 4.4 3.7
May 3.8 4.8 3.9
June 3.7 4.8 4.0
July 3.4 4.9 4.1
August 3.2 5.0 4.3
September 3.3 4.7  4.1
October 3.5 4.5 3.9
November 3.8 4.1 4.1
December 4.4 3.7  4.4

Source: Since 2005 Statistics Finland, 1997-2004 Coal Users' Committee/Finergy

Inquiries: Mr Anssi Vuorio +358 9 1734 2685 energia.tilastokeskus@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ms Leena Storgårds

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Last updated 27.1.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. December 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.5.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kivih/2008/12/kivih_2008_12_2009-01-27_tie_001_en.html