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October 27, 2014 (4:29)
James O'Connell explains how Chinese imports of Indonesian coal appear to be shifting while Australian coal may find some reprieve from coming Chinese regulations.
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UK's thermal coal burn continues to plummet in August: DECC
London (Platts)--30 Oct 2014 949 am EDT/1349 GMT
The UK's rate of thermal coal burn continued to plummet to new lows with just 1.498 million mt consumed during August, the country's lowest monthly total since records began in 1995, according to data by the Department of Energy and Climate Change Thursday.
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Biomass: Industrial wood pellet market in grip of currency issue
October 30, 2014 - Euro weakness against the US dollar has caused European generators to source their spot wood pellets from local suppliers rather than from the US.
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Policy changes in China, Indonesia and India and their impact on Asia-Pacific coal
September 05, 2014 - Platts coal team discusses policy changes in Asia-Pacific and their impact on the coal market in the region.
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China Coal Import Tax: Chinese traders seek to pass through import tax to Australian shippers
October 28, 2014
Chinese traders paying the Asian country's new import tax on Australian cargoes of bituminous thermal coal are attempting to pass on the expense to coal shippers in Australia, resulting in severe downward pressure on FOB prices, traders said recently.
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Miners become leaner and meaner to thrive in lower price environment
While large companies continue to work on reducing costs, aspiring miners and developers are doing all they can merely to survive.
Guest blog: El Niño: ¿Dónde está el dinero?
Jodie M. Gunzberg, the global head of commodity indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, looks at the possibility of an El Nino weather system developing and what it means for commodities.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Metallurgical coal markets remain China-centric
Seaborne metallurgical coal producers have a love-hate relationship with China. The world's largest steelmaking country has shown an ability to absorb excess supply of seaborne coking coal, but only at a price that is competitive with its own substantial domestic production.
Special Report: Can shale gale save the naphtha crackers?
According to a report from Platts unit Bentek, over the five-year period to 2016, the development of shale gas exploration in the United States is expected to increase natural gas liquids production by more than 40%. Jim Foster examines the how the changing dynamics of NGL product might play out for naphtha crackers.
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