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Perth (Platts)--5 May 2016 948 am EDT/1348 GMT
Several cargoes of Colombian 5,800 kcal/kg NAR thermal coal have been booked by Japanese power companies through an intermediary in recent weeks including one Supramax and two Panamax cargoes, market sources said Thursday.
Hunan, China (Platts)--5 May 2016 947 am EDT/1347 GMT
Combined coal stocks held by China's six key power generators in southern and eastern China averaged 11.155 million mt in the week to Tuesday, down 2.9% week on week, according to a weekly report by Qinhuangdao Port on Thursday.
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The Barrel Blog

March 18, 2016
The thermal coal market for China now has to contend with a rival: a low-cost source of power generation that is growing each year.
January 28, 2016
From her office window, Sui Ling Phang sees dry bulk vessels sitting pretty in the Singapore strait. All have one common enemy -- unemployment.
January 20, 2016
At the very least, the announcement was seen as a shot across the bow of coal production in the US.
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News & Data Feature:China's coal industry

October 06, 2015
The October-December trading period after China's Golden Week holidays is a crucial time of year for thermal coal shippers and traders.
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China's coal consumption statistics
Another issue for industry participants trying to judge the direction of the Chinese market for thermal coal is the reliability of statistics on the performance of China's coal industry. The US Energy Information Administration, a government agency, flagged in a September 16 report an intriguing decision by Beijing to radically restate its statistics for China's coal consumption between the years 2000 and 2013.

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Thermal coal cargoes from various origins were finding their way into India to compete against South African coal, prices of which have remained at elevated levels, sources said March 21. A north India-based trader said Indian buyers were receiving offers from a wider range of origins, including Canada.



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