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Why is Poland importing so much coal?


clifborder4fm 20 | 35
15 Jul 2013 #1
I was just wondering why the country with the largest coal reserves in Europe would be importing so much. I know 93% of Poland's energy is reliant on coal and I know PGE is building a huge new coal plant in Opole but shouldn't the domestic reserves suffice? or at least shouldn't imports be low, not exponentially increasing? Especially with the EU carbon emissions rules working against the Polish coal industry so heavily.. Just find it strange that imports have risen and exports have fallen over the past 30 years..

indexmundi.com/energy.aspx?country=pl&product=coal&graph=imports

indexmundi.com/energy.aspx?country=pl&product=coal&graph=exports
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499
15 Jul 2013 #2
I was just wondering why the country with the largest coal reserves in Europe

- Germany ??
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
15 Jul 2013 #3
I was just wondering why the country with the largest coal reserves in Europe would be importing so much.

The way this country is run, we would have been importing sand If we had been Egypt.
gumishu 11 | 5,142
15 Jul 2013 #4
imported coal is simply cheaper as it is mined from open-pit mines - what is more Poland has not enough coke-grade coal and we must import it
delphiandomine 83 | 17,881
15 Jul 2013 #5
The way this country is run, we would have been importing sand If we had been Egypt.

Did the Dear Leader tell you to say that?

It's pretty obvious why Poland is importing more and more.
jon357 63 | 14,566
15 Jul 2013 #6
It's pretty obvious why Poland is importing more and more.

A wonderful sign
OP clifborder4fm 20 | 35
15 Jul 2013 #7
yeah did some more research and figured it out for the most part.

"Between the 1990s and 2000s, the coal industry underwent major restructuring, which led to the early closure of many coal mines and a sudden decrease in production output. In fact, due to this restructuring process, Poland's coal production has spiralled into a steady decline. More recently, coal imports exceeded exports for the first time in history."

worldcoal.org/resources/ecoal-archive/ecoal-current-issue/coal-profile-poland/

When this industry becomes more privatized as they claim, in addition to the new PGE deal, exports should probably rise in the future
gumishu 11 | 5,142
15 Jul 2013 #8
a couple of closed coal mines have been recently or are being reopened
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
15 Jul 2013 #9
imported coal is simply cheaper

That's also largely due to lack of badly needed investments in 90's and 00's, some coal mines were shyt and really needed to be shut down, others just needed some improvements.
TheOther 6 | 3,821
16 Jul 2013 #10
some coal mines were shyt and really needed to be shut down

All coal mines are sh*t and should be shut down as long as they produce for power plants only. These are some of the worst polluters on the planet
Meathead 5 | 470
16 Jul 2013 #11
You can make methanol, ethanol and natural gas from coal. Converting coal to gas takes 50% of the carbon out of the waste stream. It's not in the interest of Poland or the UK for that matter to import coal when they have such large reserves and have to import so much energy. Both countries can reduce their imports of oil by adding methanol/ethanol to the gasoline mix and clean up their emissions to boot.
gumishu 11 | 5,142
16 Jul 2013 #12
Converting coal to gas takes 50% of the carbon out of the waste stream

gasifying coal is not a clean technology, lots of benzene (and similar) emissions into the atmosphere
Meathead 5 | 470
17 Jul 2013 #13
capture it and recycle. Benzene has industrial applications.
johnny reb 21 | 3,846
21 Feb 2018 #14
Just find it strange that imports have risen and exports have fallen over the past 30 years..

Poland's coal imports increased by 60% last year by importing over 13 millions tons.
There was a drop in extraction of coal in Poland last year by over a million tons.
Does this increase mean that Poland burned 60% more coal then in 2016 ?
If so why such an increase in one year ?


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