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How lower natgas prices, higher inventories are affecting US coal market

February 27, 2015 (7:18)

Platts and Bentek analyze recent trends in US coal production, the role of geography energy production costs, and the theoretical coal-to-gas switching potential.


US coal industry grim in 2015, but hoping for upturn in the long term
February 12, 2015
While many in the US coal industry foresee a drop in coal production, increased export opportunities to Asia and shifting trends in the Northeast US could give PRB and CAPP coal some relief.
Price developments in German, Polish power markets
February 03, 2015
Analyzing recent price trends in the German and Polish power markets and discuss how these trends may have influenced utilities.
Eastern US electric power markets settle into more seasonal norms
January 23, 2015
Winter in the US is starting to add upward pressure on wholesale power prices in the ISO-New England and PJM Interconnection.
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News Headlines

Europe's ARA coal stocks climb 3% year on year to 5.1 million mt
London (Platts)--4 Mar 2015 1123 am EST/1623 GMT
Combined coal stocks at three delivery terminals in western Europe's Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp trading hub were around 5.1 million mt Wednesday, 3% higher than the same week last year, according to data gathered from port sources.
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Analysis & Data Features

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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China thermal coal import tax to trigger cargo defaults: traders
The threat of cargo defaults is hanging squarely over the CFR China market for thermal coal, because Chinese traders are insisting on price discounts on Australian shipments to offset the added cost of Beijing's 6% import tax, said market sources October 14.

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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.

The Barrel Blog

February 11, 2015
This analysis looks at a specific sector of the petrochemical market - coal-to-olefins and methanol-to-olefins production - and evaluates how the changing relationship between coal and crude prices is impacting production economics in the largest growing petrochemical market in the world, China.
December 19, 2014
Electricity capacity markets are between a hot and a cold place, and the strains are nowhere more evident than at the PJM Interconnection.
August 22, 2014
While large companies continue to work on reducing costs, aspiring miners and developers are doing all they can merely to survive.
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