* China Sept coal output 334.1 mln T vs Aug's 335.24 mln T
* Sept output down 0.9% from year earlier
BEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) - China's September coal output
fell from a month ago, as tightened safety inspections at mines
curbed production in some major producing regions.
China, the world's biggest coal producer and consumer,
produced 334.1 million tonnes of the more-polluting fuel last
month, down from 335.24 million tonnes in August, the National
Bureau of Statistics data showed on Monday.
September coal output was also 0.9% lower than the same
period last year.
Output in the first nine months reached 2.93 billion tonnes,
up 3.7% from the same period a year earlier.
"Mines were under relatively big pressure from safety
inspections in September due to big events, frequent mining
accidents and the national holidays," said a note issued by
China's Coal Transportation and Distribution Association (CCTD)
The CCTD appeared to be referring to the 2021 National Games
sporting event that was held in Shaanxi province, China's
third-largest coal producer, during Sept. 15-27. Coal mines in
the province were reported to have slowed production during the
event, which President Xi Jinping attended.
Additionally, Beijing sent inspectors to mines in the
eastern province of Shandong for a fresh round of one-month
environmental probes starting in late August.
However, as China continues to suffer under power shortages,
the government has initiated measures to boost coal output that
will likely mean higher output in October.
Beijing has order production to restart at open-pit mines in
the Inner Mongolia region and more than 150 mines elsewhere have
been given approval to expand.
Chinese data last week showed that "current" daily coal
output has climbed to more than 11.2 million tonnes, the highest
(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Shivani Singh; Editing by Jacqueline
Wong and Christian Schmollinger)