YEAR ROUND COMMENT ON THE GLOBAL COAL MARKETS, ITS PARTICIPANTS AND FUTURE

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A DRAMATIC YEAR FOR METALLURGICAL COAL

Published December 2017 by Miriam Falk, Senior Analyst – Steel Raw Materials, Metal Bulletin Research

 

A year ago when we last focussed on metallurgical coal in this blog, prices had just shot up and the commodity was about to embark on a 12-month journey of great volatility and disruption. This sub-type of bituminous coal, also known as coking coal, emerged as the best performing commodity last year after several years of declining prices...

 

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THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Published November 2017 by Guillaume Perret, Founder and Director, Perret Associates
In a development that some might be tempted to view as the final nail in the coffin lid for coal power, wind power generation has outstripped hard coal-fired output so far this year in Germany for the first time since the industrial revolution. German wind output hit an all-time record in October at 12.6TWh, more than double October 2016's total...
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HOW CAN INDIA’S HUNGER FOR ENERGY BE SATISFIED, WHILE BALANCING THE DEMANDS OF PRICE, ENVIRONMENT, AND INFRASTRUCTURE?

Published September 2017 by Harry Riley-Gould, Senior Conference Producer, Coaltrans Conferences

Every year in August, the Coaltrans team visit India to research market trends for our annual Coaltrans India conference. The conference is the largest gathering for the Indian coal industry, and so naturally we met with a number of key industry stakeholders during our hectic but valuable trips through Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. Indian energy architecture is at a vital...

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IN A PARIS AGREEMENT WORLD, COAL WILL MEET GROWING ASIAN ENERGY NEEDS

Published August 2017 by Benjamin Sporton, CEO, World Coal Association

When providing 41% of the world’s electricity, 85% of global cement[1], 74% of the world’s steel[2] and 60% of the world’s aluminium[3], coal is justly considered an enabler of modern societies and economic development. Coal helps build infrastructure and power up businesses and homes. If we look at Asia, in particular, we’ll see that according to the United Nations, by…
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A TESTING TIME FOR THE COKING COAL MARKET

Published September 2016 by Daisy Tseng, Steel Raw Materials Editor, Metal Bulletin

One can hardly overlook the spot price movements of coking coal over the past month as this lower-profile steelmaking raw material emerged as one of the new darlings of the commodity market. Metal Bulletin’s fob Australia premium hard coking coal index shot up by more than 40% in August alone to $139.04 per tonne at the end of the month. Prices have…
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PROGNOSIS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHINESE COAL INDUSTRY

Published July 2016 by Dr. Lars Schernikau, HMS Bergbau Group
If I could forecast what will happen in China and how it impacts coal imports and exports then I could forecast reliably how the global seaborne coal market will develop. Unfortunately, I cannot. With only single digit coal import dependency, the pendulum can swing either way very quickly. We have seen now both, how China reduced imports and took out...
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COAL IS AT A TURNING POINT

Published April 2016 by Guillaume Perret, Founder and Director, Perret Associates

As Perret Associates has just released a new quarterly edition of their Long Term Price Forecast Coal And Freight 2016-30 they share a few of their findings with Coaltrans readers. The timing is critical as, after a 5 year bear trend, the international steam coal market could be at a turning point. The main positive development since the beginning of…

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COAL IS NOT IN THE BEST OF PLACES AT THE MOMENT

Published March 2016 by Jonathan Rowland, Editor, World Coal 

Slowdown in China, ultra-low gas prices in the US, strong and sticky supply and tightening environmental regulation: the issues are well known and make for a gloomy backdrop to kick off this new blog. But a negative is never a good place to start. Other contributors will, I’m sure, offer a more detailed look at the market winds buffeting coal…
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