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Is there an end in sight for Asian thermal coal prices' southward trek?

August 28, 2015 (4:37)

Asian thermal coal prices have been on a downtrend since the start of 2015, mainly due to oversupply and weak demand. Factors dragging down prices keep piling up.


Can CCS technology help US coal in the era of the Clean Power Plan?
August 21, 2015
The Clean Power Plan has many US coal producers unnerved and power generators considering if it's worth making coal-fired generation more compliant with stricter carbon emissions standards.
CAPP coal producers struggle to stay afloat, search for new normal
July 22, 2015
Some bigger Central Appalachia coal producers may be running out of time and money. The bankruptcies, restructurings, closures, sales and delistings are the here and now, but what will be the future?
New thermal coal export tax looms for miners in Indonesia
July 09, 2015
Platts Asian coal team explains Indonesia's newly proposed export tax and its impact on thermal coal miners.
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News & Data Feature: PCI-Thermal Coal Switch

August 04, 2015
The downtrend in pulverized coal injection prices over the last three months has opened up an opportunity for PCI to displace high calorific value thermal coal for use as coal-fired boiler feedstock.
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Barriers to thermal coal usage
The instances are far and few, with market participants citing VM and crucible swelling number specifications in PCI as the most crucial barriers to a straight forward switch to PCI.
PCI-thermal coal switch: A short-lived trend?
Over the last four years, opportunities for PCI producers to sell into the thermal coal market have been scant.

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The Barrel Blog

July 22, 2015
Banks are continuing to adjust their roles in commodity trading, including for oil, natural gas, metals, iron ore, freight and more. What does it mean for markets?
June 03, 2015
One firm has embraced coal gasification and, in the midst of the 'coaldrums,' has reported a huge rise in income. Platts' Ross McCracken has more.
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.
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Price Focus

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.

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Houston (Platts)--28 Aug 2015 1246 pm EDT/1646 GMT
Coal train loadings from the Powder River Basin have continued at volumes last seen during the winter, the most recent reports filed with the Surface Transportation Board showed.
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