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Poland may have to shut down 1-2 more coal mines amid coronavirus outbreak

Christian Fernsby |
Poland may have to shut down 1-2 more coal mines due to spread of coronavirus among miners but faces no threat of fuel shortage for power plants, deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told Radio Plus.

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"Unfortunately, we had to suspend production at three mines. . . [and] may have to shut down one or two more mines," the official said.

"We have large coal inventories," he noted. "Even if we have to markedly reduce output for some time there is absolutely no threat that power plants will not have enough fuel."

On April 27, Polish coal mining group PGG announced coronavirus-related shutdown of two of its mines that was recently extended to May 10.

On May 11, coking coal producer JSW said it will test all the workers of its Pniowek mine for Covid-19 and allow back to the mine only those workers that have already tested negative.

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