Coal, natural gas and crude oil production rose for the third straight year in 2016 with an average of 6.7 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
That’s the most ever for the year.
The coal, natural-gas and oil industries also experienced record production growth for the fourth straight year.
The sector added 5.6 million barrels a day, or 5.2 percent, to the same year-ago level, according a report by the EIA released Tuesday.
Coal production is the second-largest sector in the U, behind natural gas, and accounted for more than $1.1 trillion in the industry in 2016.
The U.K.’s Coal & Energy Group has been the world’s biggest producer of coal, with about 30 percent of the global total, the EI said.
Coal is a major component of the U-turn to natural gas that began in 2016 as a result of the fracking boom and the advent of cheap natural gas.
U.S.-U.K. coal production was down about 1.4 percent from 2015, according the EAA.
China’s coal production fell 0.4 percentage point to 1.09 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day in 2016 from 1.14 million boe per day a year earlier.
In Europe, France’s output was down 0.7 percent from 1 million boae a year ago, according data from Euromonitor International.
U.k. coal output fell 0,1 percent to 919,000 tons.
“With production from the U to China to U. K. falling, Europe is facing a coal production slump, which will have serious implications for its energy and economic future,” said David Eichengreen, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie.
Europe’s coal and oil-based industries accounted for about a third of all output in the EU in 2016 and have been on a downward trend since the beginning of the year, Eichens report said.
France’s coal consumption dropped about 7.3 percent to 2.1 million tons in 2016 compared with a year before.
In the EU, France accounted for 1.5 percent of total production in 2016 despite a 6.4 million boef ton increase in U. k. output.
Germany’s coal-based industry increased by about 2.4 points to 1 million tons.
Italy’s coal output rose by 1.7 points to 631,000 boe a day.
Russia’s coal grew by 1 percent to 1,929,000 tonnes, according Euromonitors.
Ukraine’s coal fell by 1 percentage point, or 3.1 percent, from last year.
Its coal-dependent coal mines had been producing about 6.5 million boebos a day in 2015.
Russia had the highest coal-fired power plants at 1.2 million boed.