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Indonesia plans new tax on thermal coal exports from August 8
Singapore (Platts)--6 Jul 2015 448 am EDT/848 GMT
The Indonesian government plans to levy a new tax on thermal coal exports from next month, a move that will hit miners already grappling with weak prices hard, sources said.
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US coal production under fire as demand for power gen drops

June 30, 2015 (7:22)

Andrew Moore and Jeff McDonald of Coal Trader explain how existing and upcoming federal regulations and low-price natural gas are pressuring the US coal industry.


Richards Bay 6,000 NAR market faces trading changes, slips to 6-year lows
July 03, 2015
Assessing recent changes in trading on the globalCOAL screen, as well as factors that have led to coal price decreases to near six-year lows.
When will Asia's coal market see some recovery?
June 23, 2015
Bearish conditions persist in the Asian coal market, Indonesia expects a dip in coal output, and India is becoming the go-to market for seaborne coal.
Market grapples with trade-offs of trading US coal
June 18, 2015
US coal prices are down, markets are shrinking as participants drop out, and trading is significantly quieter as uncertainty swirls around the industry.
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Analysis & Data Features

May 27, 2015
With Chinese demand for seaborne coal stalling, India has become the great hope of the seaborne coal market.
Also in this feature
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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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

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.
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?
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