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US coal markets take cues from gas, power after record-setting summer

2016-09-20 04:05:45 EST

US coal prices saw significant price boosts this summer after reaching extreme lows in May, and recent movements provide a hint as to market changes for the rest of 2016.


News Headlines

Houston (Platts)--29 Sep 2016 455 pm EDT/2055 GMT
Ramaco has cleared its last hurdle for the development of the subbituminous Brook Mine near Sheridan, Wyoming, and plans to start mining coal in the first part of 2017, the company's CEO said Thursday.
London (Platts)--29 Sep 2016 943 am EDT/1343 GMT
European forward power prices continued their rally Thursday after posting some of the biggest single-day gains since the Fukushima nuclear crisis in the previous session on renewed concern about low nuclear availability in France coinciding with bullish coal and gas and carbon allowances.
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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.
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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.
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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.



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Podcasts

China's supply-side reforms give steel, coal sectors a boost
September 30, 2016
- S&P Global Platts' Sebastian Lewis and Keith Tan discuss China's supply side reforms and what this means for steel and coal industries.
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.
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