News & Analysis  - Coal

Snapshot Video

2016's stellar performer: Met coal prices rise 73% Jan-Aug

August 30, 2016 (3:35)

Video on how China's aim to cut coal capacity, logistical bottlenecks, and a perceived supply tightness in Australia are all contributing to the rise in met coal prices.

News Headlines

Kiev (Platts)--30 Aug 2016 915 am EDT/1315 GMT
Coal reserves at Ukraine's coal-burning power plants fell 0.2% from August 21 to 910,200 mt as of Monday, transmission system operator UkrEnergo, reported Tuesday.
Sydney (Platts)--30 Aug 2016 914 am EDT/1314 GMT
India's Adani Mining cleared a second legal hurdle for its Galilee Basin Carmichael thermal coal project in Australia's Queensland, as the Federal Court on Monday dismissed an Australian Conservation Foundation case against the mine.
More Headlines

The Barrel Blog

June 29, 2016
The share of lower heat 8,400 Btu/lb coal produced in the Powder River Basin continues to decline but is unlikely to go away, say market sources.
June 30, 2016
Spot market prices for Australian thermal coal delivered to power stations in southern China have shrugged off their aura of doom and gloom.
June 16, 2016
The shipping industry is a marketplace where massive deals concerning the movement of millions of barrels of oil on behemoth ships can be made over a third pint at the local pub.
All Blogs

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.
Also in this feature
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.

Price Focus

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.



Turkey surprises market with $15/mt thermal coal import duty
August 10, 2016
- Our editors discuss the surprise announcement from the Turkish government to levy a $15/mt tax on imported thermal coal for power generation.
Thermal coal prices surge as Chinese buyers scramble for cargoes in supply-driven market
August 05, 2016
- The seaborne thermal coal market has seen a huge turnaround with an unexpected surge in prices since June.
South China Sea ruling keeps oil, commodities trade on tenterhooks
July 22, 2016
- The areas being claimed by China are believed to be rich in oil and gas resources, and the South China Sea itself is a crucial transit route for various commodities going to key markets like Japan and South Korea.
All Podcasts


  • Methodologies
  • Products
Coal methodology

Published on September 2014

This statement of methodology includes detailed information on the formation of Platts coal assessments and the specifications for the various products assessed.

Copyright © 2016 S&P Global Platts, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved.