Kazakhstan is introducing a ban on the export of coal by road. The measure is valid for six months. The ban includes hard coal, briquettes, pellets and similar types of solid fuels obtained from hard coal: hard coal, pulverized or non-pulverized, but not agglomerated.
According to the explanation of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan, the ban is introduced during the peak period (from August 1) to prevent the boom in providing coal to the population and in order to ensure energy security.
The volume of coal consumption in the country is estimated at 9.6 million tons, of which 2.6 million tons for the domestic sector, and 7 million tons for the population.
The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan notes that, based on the data of local executive bodies, they have formed a Plan for the demand for coal products for domestic needs and the population for the period 2022-2023.
In January-May, Kazakhstan delivered 1.5 million tons of coal to the EU - almost twice as much as in the whole of 2021. Coal exports to neighboring countries also increased significantly, in particular, to the Kyrgyz Republic - by 19%, to the Republic of Uzbekistan - by 30%