Vietnam was unable to export 2 million mt of coal to China this year as the latter set strict specification for mercury, arsenic, phosphoric, chlorine and fluorine content in imported coal, according to a Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade’s letter obtained by S&P Global Platts Tuesday. Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corp. Ltd., or Vinacomin, had planned to export around 2 million mt of coal to China from its Uong Bi-Vang Danh coal mines in the northern province of Quang Ninh, which has a calorific value ranging from 5,050 Kcal/kg to 5,700 Kcal/kg and maximum 35% ash content under Vietnam’s 2015 specifications. On December 2, 2016, the Vietnamese government had given permission to Vinacomin and the Northeast Corp. to export 4.05 million mt of coal in 2017, the ministry said. Under the approval, Vinacomin was to export 4 million mt of coal: 2 million mt of Uong Bi-Vang Danh […]