Shanxi (North) comprises the Datong Shuozhou and Xinzhou prefectures. It is a major contributor to China's thermal coal production with key producers such as China Coal and Datong located in the region. Shanxi (North) contributes around one third of Shanxi's overall production. Shanxi (North) has some of the largest coal infrastructure in China and a long history of production. The infrastructure in the region also serves as a gateway to the eastern coastline for the surrounding provinces of Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia.