Coal and Clean Coal Report

Coal and Clean Coal Report
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This new report analyses the global Coal market, the market drivers and the key components for future growth and development. For the first time China became a net importer of coal last year. Demand from Southern and South Eastern provinces was met by cheaper imports from Indonesia and Australia rather than more expensive coal from the provinces of Shanxi and Inner in the north, due to logistic costs. Domestic supply is also likely to diminish owing to the country’s strategy of consolidating the nation’s mines to eventually close unsafe and inefficient mines. In India, companies are buying up coal assets overseas, particularly in Australia, and are importing more coal. As domes-tic coal production is unlikely to meet growing demand even if logistics and operations within the country are substantially improved. Elsewhere, coal demand is expected to grow, but not at the same pace as China and India, due to rising natural gas prices.


In the near and long-term India, China and perhaps Brazil are expected to drive growth for coking coal for the domestic steel sector following projections of strong growth in steel production and consumption in these countries. Demand for coal will be driven more by China than India, in the former coal will be increasingly used to produce a liquid fuel and chemicals such as olefins, a long-chain polymer synthetic fibre, to reduce the country’s reliance on imports. Australia, Indonesia and South Africa are expected to remain as major exporters, with growth in exports from Russia, Mongolia and other countries in the region to meet demand from China and, to a lesser extent, India. For the US mining sector, operations in the Power River Basin region may increase. But will be balanced out by a reduction in output from the East Appalachian region that mainly uses invasive mountain-top mining operations. Any resurgence in the US coal mining sector will only occur with improved clarity regarding the permitting process, and incentives ensure domestic coal is cheaper than imports.

The switch from underground to surface mining is expected to continue along with the consolidation of mining assets. More mergers and acquisitions involving big players are likely.

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Date Published

September, 2011

Format / Pages

PDF / 357