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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.
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.
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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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Commodity Pulse

Coal gasification: Could it lift the industry out of the 'coaldrums'?

July 07, 2015 (10:06)

Platts editors discuss some of the more innovative methods some coal producers are using to manage ever challenging market conditions, focusing on underground coal gasification (UCG).

Analysis & Data Features

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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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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London (Platts)--31 Jul 2015 836 am EDT/1236 GMT
Turkey's imports of bituminous thermal coal in the first half of 2015 surged 29% year on year to 12.931 million mt, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute published Friday.
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