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Indonesia's March HBA thermal coal price falls 2% on month

Singapore (Platts)--7 Mar 2017 1009 pm EST/309 GMT


Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources set its March thermal coal reference price, also known as Harga Batubara Acuan or HBA, at $81.90/mt, down 1.7% from February, but up about 58.7% from a year ago.

The ministry had set the price for February at $83.32/mt and the March 2016 price at $51.62/mt.

The HBA is a monthly average price based 25% on the Platts Kalimantan 5,900 kcal/kg GAR assessment; 25% on the Argus-Indonesia Coal Index 1 (6,500 kcal/kg GAR); 25% on the Newcastle Export Index -- formerly the Barlow-Jonker index (6,322 kcal/kg GAR) of Energy Publishing -- and 25% on the globalCOAL Newcastle (6,000 kcal/kg NAR) index.

In February, the daily Platts FOB Kalimantan 5,900 kcal/kg GAR coal assessment averaged $74.14/mt, up from $72.11/mt in January, while the daily 90-day Platts Newcastle FOB price for coal with a calorific value of 6,300 kcal/kg GAR averaged $80.41/mt, down from $83.73/mt in January.

The HBA price for thermal coal is the basis for determining the prices of 75 Indonesian coal products and calculating the royalty producers have to pay for each metric ton of coal they sell.

It is based on 6,322 kcal/kg GAR coal, with 8% total moisture content, 15% ash as received and 0.8% sulfur as received.

--Deepak Kannan, deepak.kannan@spglobal.com

--Edited by Geetha Narayanasamy, geetha.narayanasamy@spglobal.com

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