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Philippines' top coal miner turns to Japan to cut China reliance

Semirara Mining and Power diversifies export markets

Semirara Mining and Power faces a challenge in the long-term plan by the Philippines to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in the country's mix of power sources. (Source photos by AP and Getty Images. Logo from Semirara Mining and Power's website)

MANILA -- The Philippines' largest coal miner on Thursday said it would make a second "trial shipment" to Japan this month as it pushes to curb its dependence on China.

Semirara Mining and Power plans to export 50,000 tonnes of coal to Shikoku Electric Power for the utility's 700-megawatt generating plant. It would follow the maiden trial in January, when the company sold 78,410 tonnes of mid-grade coal to J-Power.

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