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May 27, 2015
With Chinese demand for seaborne coal stalling, India has become the great hope of the seaborne coal market.
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Understanding India's coal geography
Coal users are located in almost all states except in the north-east and India's three most northerly states.
India's coal imports versus domestic production
Coal Minister Piyush Goel has said that domestic coal production will expand rapidly in the next two to three years, removing the need for imports, but this appears highly unlikely.

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US coal producers try to keep utilities' attention despite cheap gas
May 14, 2015
The tension between US coal producers and fuel buyers was evident at a recent conference, where the coal industry asked for help but utilities are tempted by cheap natural gas for power generation.
Lackluster Turkish demand for petcoke, scrap maintains soft Supramax freight rates
May 06, 2015
Examining the impact low Turkish demand for petcoke and scrap metal has had on the freight cost of shipping both commodities to Turkey during 2015.
PRB coal users find flexibility key as power generators pressured
April 24, 2015
Powder River Basin coal buyers met recently and expressed long-term optimism that the using PRB coal would offer some stability -- including with prices.
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Spain proposes 67% increase in national coal purchases to 6 mil mt
Barcelona (Platts)--27 May 2015 727 am EDT/1127 GMT
Spain's Industry Ministry has drawn up a ministerial order that will oblige electricity generators to purchase 6 million mt of domestically mined coal for 2015, the ministry said in a note Wednesday.
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India's 21 major ports imported around 19.38 million mt of coal in, down 7.3% from November, data released late Friday by IndianInterocean showed. The December imports included 15.22 million mt of thermal coal, down 9.6%November, and 4.16 million mt of coking coal, up 2.6% compared to the previous month.

The Barrel Blog

May 22, 2015
Pope Francis is set to weigh in on the climate change debate in what has already caused a considerable buzz, even before the message has been released.
May 21, 2015
The next 'leap second' event will occur on June 30, 2015. Will the world as we know it change in the blink of an eye?
April 24, 2015
In case this had not dawned on some guests, the host country has been dropping some substantial hints, including import taxes and entry restrictions, over the past six months.
April 23, 2015
Thursday’s focus on electric power allows for a wide variety of topics, from coal to actual power generation to natural gas and everything in between.
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