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Tighter coal market
in sight – Glencore

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A natural tightening of the coal market as a result of demand catching up with supply will happen in the near future, says Glencore Coal CEO Peter Freyberg.

Freyberg, who was addressing Glencore’s investor day, made the point that coal is not in the same over-supply situation as iron-ore and that thermal coal is heading towards a supply deficit.

A graphic of consensus price forecasts, displayed during the investor day presentation, had coal in positive price territory in late 2015.

The London-, Hong- Kong- and Johannesburg-listed mining and marketing company has an installed capacity on a managed basis of close to 200-million tons of coal a year, across 22 mining complexes in three countries and backed by marketing offices in 19 countries.

Currently the largest exporter of coal from South Africa, Glencore Coal occupies premier volume positions in both Australia and Colombia.

It has cut $1.8-billion out of its costs since 2012 and its new production is firmly in the first quartile of costs, including its below-budget R8-billion Tweefontein Optimisation Project in South Africa, which is being commissioned six months ahead of schedule.

Glencore Coal achieved an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of 26% in the first half of the year and claims to have the best Ebitda of all the multi-continent diversified majors with a mix of thermal and coking coal.

Interestingly, Freyberg describes the company’s decision to stop producing in Australia for three weeks as pro-employee and union-backed.

Simultaneously, he reports that an opportunity exists to earn real export parities in Australia’s domestic market, where a large part of the industry is saddled with take-or-pay logistical obligations.

The resultant tightening of supply to domestic markets is allowing Glencore to create value by switching in and out of Australia’s domestic market as a result of its comparatively low take-or-pay exposure.

“Similarly, in South Africa, we're going to see more of that sort of behaviour as the market evolves,” says Freyberg.

The company has also succeeded in unlocking hundreds of millions of dollars a year in the synergies created through coal blending.

“However, there are cycles and the industry is at a pretty bad time right now in terms of where the market is.

“Fortunately, we’re sitting at a pretty favourable part of the price curve with an average 26% margin in the first half and, with mines being wasting assets, we’re consuming them pretty rapidly at the moment as an industry, causing supply to drop off.

“That natural tightening, where demand actually catches up with supply, will happen in the near future,” says Freyberg, who adds that coal remains fundamental to Asian energy demand.

The further 255 GW of coal-fired generation that will be built in Asia by 2025 will require 800-million tons of coal a year, against the background of growing urbanisation coupled to the coal power being substantially more cost effective.

In India, for example, a dollar invested in coal-fired power generation delivers six times more energy than solar and four times more capacity than nuclear.

“When you go to the busbar, the actual cost of the coal energy is half that of solar and nuclear,” Freyberg points out.

But mine-expansion challenges remain and Freyberg outlines how community and economic issues have to be understood and open and honest engagement has to take place with communities to secure mining licences.

A case in point is the effort that Glencore went to to obtain a mining permit at Bulga, in Australia.

“You have to have a pretty good plan in place and you have to have a track record with the community to get through,” he says.

The company allows some of the 540 000 ha that it occupies globally to be used by host communities for agriculture, for example.

When Glencore acquired 13 mines in South Africa 14 years ago, the mines’ safety records were among the worst in the industry, which the company has succeeded in turning around.

Pictures were shown to investors of South African employees having pre-shift safety discussions at Tweefontein, where the focus on safety went hand-in-glove with the mine’s continuous miner team setting new output records in two seams.

© 11 December 2014 by Martin Creamer, Mining Weekly

This month's top international coal headlines

  • SG quits Alpha coal project — IFR Asia
  • Morien Enters Agreement to Exchange Donkin Project Interest for Cash and Royalty — StreetInsider.com
  • ANGLO AMERICAN seeks buyer for export thermal coal mines in AUSTRALIA
    — Euclid Infotech
  • Nearly 1Mt of imported steam coal shipped to Ukrainian power plants in November — Interfax
  • Coal giant punished for going green as subsidies scrapped — The Independant
  • FOB Richards Bay swaps lower — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay firms on-week amid low freight — Platts CTI
  • Cabinet sets up electricity 'war room' as it unveils five-point stabilisation plan
    — Engineering News
  • Tighter coal market in sight – Glencore — Mining Weekly
  • OPEC forecast puts a further dampener on Oil prices — Commodity Online
  • FOB Richards Bay rise amid low freight — Platts CTI
  • Indonesia revises up coal output targets for 2014 and 2015 — Reuters UK
  • Regional Report - Colombia: a change is gonna come — World Coal
  • THERMAL COAL-Futures steady as downtrend falters — Reuters Africa
  • FOB Richards Bay gains 30 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • Anglo striving to end SA coal productivity lag, eyeing 40% iron-ore HQ cut
    — Mining Weekly
  • FOB Richards Bay climb 80 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal swaps fall to over one-month lows — Platts CTI
  • Heavy port stocks weigh on Indian thermal coal prices — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay stable — Platts CTI
  • Government coal subsidies must be stopped — EurActiv
  • Coal groups unite against Clean Power Plan — World Coal
  • E.ON to spin off coal and gas assets — World Coal
  • German manufacturers hit by falling prices — World Coal
  • CIF ARA thermal coal market moves sideways in quiet session — Platts CTI
  • ICE Coal Futures jump 23% on-month to 122.7 million mt in Nov — Platts CTI
  • Top stories of the day: China power and coal - Dec. 5 — Comtex News Network
  • Coal India trade unions plan indefinite strike — The Economic Times
  • Glencore’s new low-cost Tweefontein coal mine coming in below budget
    — Mining Weekly
  • CIF ARA Cal-15 swaps recover from recent falls amid euro-dollar rally
    — Platts CTI
  • Anglo, Eskom seek ‘mutually beneficial’ New Largo outcome — Mining Weekly
  • Former mining tycoon Tinkler sees global players shedding coal assets
    — Reuters
  • Coal mining giants will combine neighbouring mines — World Coal
  • UK coal power makes resurgence in third quarter — World Coal
  • Glencore coal strike in South Africa set to escalate — Platts
  • Interview: Robert Murray, Murray Energy Corporation — Coaltrans Conferences
  • Richards Bay FOB spot prices stable — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA Cal-15 swaps drop below $71/mt amid falling energy complex
    — Platts CTI
  • Low Richards Bay FOB thermal demand offsets tightness, lower freight
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal swaps dip to over two-week lows amid weak oil
    — Platts CTI
  • S African Oct thermal coal exports rise 5% on-month to 7.3 million mt
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA spot thermal coal prices shorn of $1 to over-three-week low
    — Platts CTI
  • Oil Investors May Be Running Off a Cliff They Can’t See — InsideClimate News
  • Sasol investors likely to endure further misery — BD Live

News Archive

November 2014
  • China nears 'peak coal' as carbon and clean growth policies bite — Reuters
  • India,Mozambique : ICVL group to construct coal-fired thermal power plant in western province of TETE in INDIA — Euclid Infotech
  • China Focus: Coal tax reform to ease burden on producers, environment
    — Xinhua News Agency
  • Glencore’s new low-cost Tweefontein coal mine coming in below budget
    — Mining Weekly
  • Indian thermal coal buyers step back expecting further falls — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal swaps continue bear-run on weak gas, oil — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA drops to over one-week lows amid weak energy complex — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic spot physical thermal prices drop as bull run loses steam — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal swaps slip as energy spectrum weakens further
    — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic physical thermal prices hit two-month highs amid short-covering
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA coal swaps edge up to fresh highs on gas, power rallies — Platts CTI
  • Spot thermal coal deals dry up in India despite inquiries — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay firms — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA gains 30 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • South African spot physical thermal price rises to month-high — Platts CTI
  • Indian thermal coal buyers hunt for bargains on oversupply — Platts CTI
  • Buyers take a step back as delivered Turkey prices rise — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA spot thermal coal edges higher as Jan trades continue — Platts CTI
  • BRIEF-China Shenhua Energy says Oct commercial coal production 23.5 mln tonnes — Reuters
  • Germany's climate targets unattainable with dirty coal power, analysts say
    — EurActiv
  • THERMAL COAL-Physical prices higher but on low volume — Reuters Africa
  • China Qinfa says average coal selling price for nine months ended Sept 30 down 8.35% — Reuters
  • CIF ARA thermal coal slips, Jan remains trading focal point — Platts CTI
  • Logistics issues continue to hamper Indian thermal coal deals — Platts CTI
  • Prompt CIF ARA swaps fall amid weak power, physical offers — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal pricing mixed amid paper volatility — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA spot thermal coal hits two-month high — Platts CTI
  • SA mining industry shows financial decline in 2014 – report — Mining Weekly
  • Kuzbassrazrezugol to cut coal output by 2.3Mt in 2015 — Reuters
  • Can Coal Endure Competition, Anti-Carbon Lobby? — Zacks
  • Coal remains the foundation in meeting Australia’s energy needs
    — Mining Weekly
  • Australia to regain coal-export crown by 2030 — Mining Weekly
  • China’s coal policies may slow import growth — Mining Weekly
  • India to give Abbott coal comfort — One News Page
  • Glencore to shut Australia coal mines for 3 weeks amid glut — Reuters
  • THERMAL COAL-Futures up on production cuts — Reuters Africa
  • SA prompt prices firm — Platts CTI
  • SA coal still preferred over Australian — Platts CTI
  • Glencore to Temporarily Shut Australian Coal Mines — Wall Street Journal
  • Australian PM says G20 signs off on growth goal package — Reuters
  • China power and coal — Xinhua News Agency
  • Iron ore, coal fire up resurgence of mining — Cape Times
  • China, Coal, Climate — The New York Times
  • Coal Weakened by Greening U.S. Economy — Zacks
  • THERMAL COAL-Steadies as top coal exporter plans temporary mines closure — Reuters
  • Coal price rise will trigger Bathurst mining — Stuff.co.nz
  • Carbon pledges and our coal — Financial Review Group
  • Would You Add Coal to Your Portfolio? — Zacks
  • CIF Turkey thermal coal firms $2 tracking rising S African prices — Platts CTI
  • Regional Report – Turkey: Turkish delight — World Coal
  • High stocks at Richards Bay Coal Terminal — Platts CTI
  • Ukraine to check SA import contracts after corruption allegations — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal swaps bull-run fizzles out — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay gains 40 cents — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay jumps to 11-day high — Platts CTI
  • The path to clean coal — World Coal
  • Limited demand for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • COMPANY COMMENT: Transnet — BDLive
  • Richards Bay FOB unchanged — Platts CTI
  • Indian buyers on sidelines amid ample thermal coal offers — Platts CTI
  • Indian buy-side interest stalls RB bear-run — Platts CTI
  • Real reason behind South Africa’s electricity mess — MyBroadband
  • So You Think We're Reducing The Use Of Coal? -- Think Again — Forbes
  • CIF ARA hits two-week low — Platts CTI
  • Lack of selling opportunities forces S African thermal prices lower
    — Platts CTI
  • S African Sep thermal coal exports boosted by Turkish, NWE demand
    — Platts CTI
  • Nearby FOB Richards Bay thermal coal swaps slip over $1 — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA market softens — Platts CTI
  • Shortage of South African coal — Platts CTI
  • S African thermal coal trades at five year low on firm freight, oversupply
    — Platts CTI
October 2014
  • Richards Bay FOB spot prices continue downtrend — Platts CTI
  • R1bn set aside for initial Waterberg coal rail ramp-up to 26Mt — Mining Weekly
  • Optimising production remains top mining challenge — World Coal
  • South African coal demand weaker — Platts CTI
  • Strike at Glencore’s Koornfontein continues — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot moves sideways — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay also rangebound — Platts CTI
  • Lull in South African 5,500 NAR demand — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB market sees two spot trades — Platts CTI
  • Letter: EU Climate and Energy Framework — Claira Lloyd
  • Weaker prompt FOB Richards Bay swaps — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB falls $1 — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay 6,000 NAR vs 5,500 NAR — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay 6,000 NAR spot falls 50 cents — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal swaps rangebound in quiet end to bullish week — Platts CTI
  • CIF Turkey thermal coal prices rally $2 on-week following S African rise
    — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay steady — Platts CTI
  • Ukraine’s Illichivsk port receives first South African thermal coal cargo
    — Platts CTI
  • Nearby CIF ARA swaps soar on China import tax rumors, higher physical
    — Platts CTI
  • BHP Billiton July-Sep thermal coal output falls 9% on year to 18 million mt
    — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay jumps 25 cents amid lack of offers — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay spot up to almost one-month high — Platts CTI
  • Polish coal miner cuts production forecast amid industry woes — World Coal
  • FOB Richards Bay jumps $1 — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay drops — Platts CTI
  • Botswana reliant on S Africa's Eskom as power station fails — Reuters
  • Coal futures drop below $72 for first time since March 2009 — Reuters
  • SA considers declaring certain minerals as 'strategic' — Reuters
  • China takes a more protectionist stance towards its coal miners — World Coal
  • CIF Turkey price slips $1 — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot prices edge higher for third straight session — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot rangebound — Platts CTI
  • Good demand for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay cargoes for China — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB falls with low Asian demand — Platts CTI
  • Demand for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • China coal imports slump on weak demand, could keep dropping — Reuters
  • Glasgow University divests from coal — World Coal
  • Rio denies merger with Glencore — World Coal
  • Rio Tinto completes sale of Coal Mozambique — World Coal
  • Tajikistan increases coal production — World Coal
  • ‘Lower electricity tariffs could attract investment’, says Nersa — Business Day
  • Indian coal import growth outstrips China — Financial Times
  • FOB Richards Bay drops following lower spot trade — Platts CTI
  • Overcapacity may continue to disrupt global coal export market for years
    — SNL
  • Emerging miners get 5% share of RBCT coal tonnage — Mining News
  • Risks and challenges of CBM are manageable, says Chief Scientist
    — World Coal
  • Oregon rejects Wyoming’s appeal in support of coal terminal — World Coal
  • New Polish prime minister vows to support coal industry — World Coal
  • Richards Bay coal to Pakistan — Platts CTI
  • S African Aug thermal coal exports to India drop to 2.29Mt: customs
    — Platts CTI
  • National debate needed on ways to lower high rail costs – CoAL
    — Mining Weekly
  • CoAL axes employees as collieries bleed cash — Business Report
  • Asian Thermal Coal Prices to Remain Weak on Oversupply — Fitch Ratings
  • Transnet signs first $2 billion take-or-pay coal rail agreement with BHP
    — Platts CTI
  • Shortage of coal — Platts CTI
  • Supply tight for South African thermal coal, Indian demand limited — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot drops for eighth session — Platts CTI
September 2014
  • Research and Markets: Precious Metals Mining in Zimbabwe to 2020
    — Business Wire
  • Japan's August thermal coal imports down 9.8 pct — Reuters Africa
  • Uncertainty will plague coal sector for the time being — Business Standard
  • Denationalize coal, produce gas along with it — The Times of India
  • BHP-Mitsubishi says cutting about 700 jobs in Australia coal mines — Reuters
  • Sumitomo, Vale to shut Isaac Plains coal mine due to low prices
    — Mining Weekly
  • Futures hit 5-year lows below $75 a ton — Reuters
  • Richards Bay FOB slips $1 — Platts CTI
  • Supply tightness for 5,500 NAR South African coal — Platts CTI
  • Attack on Coal Will Not Save Lives, States the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons — PR Newswire
  • Solution of energy crisis: Let's develop coal gas — Engineering Review
  • SA coal demand snapped by low-cost Australian coal — Mining News
  • Funding secured for the managed closure of UK Coal’s deep mining business
    — World Coal
  • Over 200 Polish coal miners blocked trains carrying coal from Russia at a border in northern Poland — World Coal
  • The Australian government has approved Adani’s proposed coal railway
    — World Coal
  • Transnet 'confident' of R5bn rail expansion — Miningmx
  • Coal pricing more stable at home where Exxaro outlines R16bn capex plan
    — Mining Weekly
  • FOB Richards Bay spot drops to fresh low — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay swaps drop 10 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay drops to record lows — Platts CTI
  • The coal tide is turning — World Coal
  • Profit margins hindering demand for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay spot dips 5 cents — Platts CTI
  • China introduces coal import regulations — World Coal
  • CIF Turkey price drops as Colombian, S African coal remains competitive
    — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay remains around $68/t FOB — Platts CTI
  • Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines — Mining Weekly
  • No imminent increase in global coal prices expected — Mining Weekly
  • Buffalo Coal halts production at Magdalena mine — African Mining
  • China coal import ban to hit SA and Australia — Mining News
  • Indian thermal coal buyers turn to Indonesia amid South Africa tightness
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal spot prices slip $1 as October trades at near 9-week low
    — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB thermal coal prices tick up with Indian appetite — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA spot market falls to 7-week low — Platts CTI
  • Somkhele FY anthracite output rises above 1Mt mark — Mining Weekly
  • Sasol repositions itself for gas-based future — Mining Weekly
  • Sasol expects R4bn in restructuring savings, sans ‘forced’ job cuts
    — Mining Weekly
  • Global coal glut prompts coal miners to chant ‘cut, cut, cut’ — Mining Weekly
  • Physical Atlantic thermal markets diverge as Richards Bay eases lower
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF Turkey thermal coal price drops as market waits for tender results
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA swaps remain rangebound amid lack of upward drivers — Platts CTI
  • Indian thermal coal buyers scout for cheaper Indonesian coal deals
    — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay 6,000 NAR edges lower — Platts CTI
  • Regional report – Japan: into the breach — World Coal
  • Profit margins shrink as Richards Bay prices near average export costs
    — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay 6,000 NAR gains 60 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • The burning question of coal — Financial Review
  • FOB Richards Bay stable at $67.10/t — Platts CTI
  • Aussie mining tax scrapped by government — Mining News
  • Steel Mont to supply 1Mt of SA coal to Ukraine — Platts CTI
  • Physical implied freight widens — Platts CTI
  • Lonmin to go up for sale — Mining Review
  • No interest in Anglo American assets — Mining Review
  • South Africa no longer “an attractive investment destination” — Mining Review
  • Glencore warns of SA divestment if target returns aren’t met — Mining Review
  • Richards Bay FOB price dip sparks talk of opening markets — Platts CTI
  • Coal turns a corner — Andrew Peaple
  • Richards Bay rebounds from low as Ukraine reveals S African coal purchase
    — Platts CTI
  • Ukraine to import South African coal as Russia targets sector — Platts CTI
  • Thermal coal price outlook cloudy as issues plague Asian market — Platts CTI
August 2014
  • India facing acute shortage of coal — World Coal
  • Indonesia to cap coal production in 2015 — World Coal
  • Germany needs coal power — World Coal
  • India facing acute shortage of coal — World Coal
  • Transnet, Eskom coal boost for black-controlled Exxaro — Mining Weekly
  • Bisichi H1 earnings fall as S Africa operations struggle — Mining Weekly
  • Draft scoping report for Delmas Coal extension, upgrades to be published for public comment — Mining Weekly
  • A week in coal: 22 August 2014 — World Coal
  • Turkish demand for South African thermal coal rises — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal spot prices diverge, Richards Bay 6 000 at new record low
    — Platts CTI
  • Nearby Richards Bay swaps pressured by weak physical, higher freight
    — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay 6,000 stabilises — Platts CTI
  • Europe Struggles to Pay Its Energy Bill — Cornerstone
  • Indian buyers opting for small quantities of SA 5 500 NAR — Platts CTI
  • Near $2 fall in Richards Bay 6 000 spot as shippers gravitate to Atlantic
    — Platts CTI
  • Indian interest in S African coal up as Australian prices rise — Platts CTI
  • Back in the Black: Coal Makes Comeback — Bentek Market Alert
  • Act on Climate Change, but Tackle Other Global Problems, Too
    — Scientific American
  • BHP Eyes Split From Billiton Assets in Mine Spinoff Plan — Bloomberg News
  • South Africa's coal clean-up digs deep with gasification — Reuters
  • Major SA assets fail to make cut in BHP Billiton portfolio remake
    — Mining Weekly
  • Richards Bay spot slips — Platts CTI
  • Glencore H1 coal output up 5% at 71.2 million mt — Platts CTI
  • South African to possibly replace Ukrainian coal — Platts CTI
  • Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution — World Coal
  • South African coal — Platts CTI
  • Regional report – Japan: into the breach — World Coal
  • Stable Richards Bay FOB spot — Platts CTI
  • The energy landscape today — IEA Southeast Asia Energy Report
  • Junior raises cash for Botswana coal, power project — Mining Weekly
  • Transnet Freight Rail signals bold plans for growth — Mining Weekly
  • South Africa's RBCT exported 5.4Mt of coal in July — Reuters
  • Indian buyers seek SA 5 500 NAR amid tight supply — Platts CTI
  • European traders mull S African thermal coal trades as risk appetite rises
    — Platts CTI
  • RBCT July coal exports climb 10% on month to 5.42Mt — Platts CTI
  • S African 5,500 NAR thermal coal supply tight for Indian buyers — Platts CTI
  • Lower Australian prices into India pressure S African 5 500 NAR coal
    — Platts CTI
July 2014
  • Global picture for coal offers reason to pause — Newcastle Herald
  • Australia okays huge India-backed mine — Khaleej Times
  • Richards Bay FOB spot prices dip amid limited Indian demand — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay spot falls over $1 — Platts CTI
  • Not in my backyard: U.S. sending dirty coal abroad — Observer-Reporter
  • Ghana: The Achievements of the Energy Minister - and the
    "Failed Desperation" of Franklin Cudjoe — The Chronicle
  • Mining confidence plumbs the depths — The Australian
  • Richards Bay FOB spot stable — Platts CTI
  • Miners dig in to meet surging coal demand — The Courier-Mail
  • Richards Bay FOB spot ticks up — Platts CTI
  • Exxaro acquires Total Coal South Africa Proprietary Limited — Exxaro
  • SA Mining: What an Iraqi in Norway can teach us all — Daily Maverick
  • Carbon reduction threat to King Coal — The Australian
  • Miners dig in to meet surging coal demand — The Courier-Mail
  • Regional update – Botswana: railways and CBM — World Coal
  • Southern Africa’s largest spreader commissioned at Grootegeluk expansion project — Mining Weekly
  • Coal transportation infrastructure in South Africa — World Coal
  • South African coal priced out of market — Platts CTI
  • EURO COAL-Up on concerns about Colombian supply — Reuters Africa
  • Coal Industry Languishes, but All Is Not Lost - Zacks Analyst Interviews
    — Zacks.com
  • South African arbitrage question — Platts CTI
  • Oversupply of thermal coal could close mines — Reuters
  • South African bids creep up — Platts CTI
  • Coal stocks run dangerously low at India power stations
    — The Straits Times Asia
  • Richards Bay 6,000 NAR rallies — Platts CTI
  • The tiger roars as the dragon sleeps — World Coal
  • Anglo’s South African mines up output, platinum sales ‘normal’ despite strike
    — Mining Weekly
  • Richards Bay FOB prices resume downtrend — Platts CTI
  • Transnet initiates Waterberg rail studies — Mining Weekly
  • Australia Becomes First Developed Nation to Repeal Carbon Tax
    — The Wall Street Journal
  • Growing renewable generation pushes out coal in the EU — World Coal
  • Richards Bay FOB trades below $70/t for first time in over 4 years — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB bear-run enters third day to hit sub-$70/t record low
    — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay prices slip to new lows on Australian competition pressure
    — Platts CTI
  • Indian power firm eyes coal acquisitions in S Africa, Indonesia — Mining Weekly
  • Asia: steam coal prices yet to reach bottom
  • Germany: the power glutton — World Coal
  • Can we really do without coal? — Reuters
  • FOB Richards Bay drops to fresh record low on bearish Asian market
    — Platts CTI
  • UK unions join forces in struggle to save coal mines and power plants
    — World Coal
  • Transnet coal railings up 61% — Platts CTI
  • RBCT June coal exports slip 11.9% on-month to 4.9 million mt — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB market tradeless — Platts CTI
  • S Africa thermal exports to India up 3% to 3.12 million mt in May: Customs
    — Platts CTI
June 2014
  • EURO COAL-Prices edge lower on healthy supply, weak demand
    — Reuters Africa
  • EURO COAL-Prices fall to new five-year low below $70/tonne — Reuters Africa
  • FOB Richards Bay stable on-day — Platts CTI
  • China searches for an energy revolution — NEWZEA
  • Coal supply to thermal power plants dwindles — The Economic Times
  • Coal Sector Shooting Higher — ZING
  • FOB Richards Bay coal jumps 50 cents on firm spot trade — Platts CTI
  • EURO COAL-Prices fall further on weak demand, oversupply — Reuters Africa
  • Richards Bay FOB drops to 12-day low — Platts CTI
  • Blending of coals to meet power station requirements — BrightTALK
  • Disinvestment critique is black gold — Thomson Reuters Eikon
  • Coal still has a big future — Thomson Reuters Eikon
  • Coal reserves in a carbon constrained future IEA — Clean Coal Centre
  • Richards Bay FOB spot firms further — Platts CTI
  • Big Data and the coal industry — World Coal
  • Coal mines losing money: Anglo — Thomson Reuters Eikon
  • Richards Bay FOB spot market ticks up — Platts CTI
  • Moz to start exporting coal through Nacala by December — Mining Weekly
  • Richards Bay FOB spot gains — Platts CTI
  • A fresh start: coal and power in India — World Coal
  • Indonesia's Coal Industry in 2014 - A Snapshot — Salva Report
  • Is China’s Coal Logistics Plan a game change for coal imports? — Salva Report
  • International coal markets – it’s not all doom and gloom — Salva Report
  • Constrained SA mining sector forcing contractors to seek African operations
    — Mining Weekly
  • FOB Richards Bay spot drops to 10-week low as traders question demand
    — Platts CTI
  • The coal industry and resource nationalism in South Africa — World Coal
  • The German Coal Conundrum: The status of coal power in Germany's energy transition — The Heinrich Böll Stiftung
  • Smoke screens — WASHPO
  • Sasol Mining’s coal projects on track for 2015 completion — Mining Weekly
  • Forbes widens net loss, coal revenue up 5.6% — Mining Weekly
  • Saleable coal production in Mozambique to increase by 67% — Mining Weekly
  • Railway limitations still a serious problem for Mozambique’s coal sector
    — Mining Weekly
  • Development of black junior coal sector now a matter of urgency as Eskom approaches ‘supply cliff’ — Mining Weekly
  • South African Richards Bay Coal Terminal exports 5.58Mt in May — Platts CTI
  • Gas boom dulls carbon rule's effect — LA Times
  • EURO COAL-Prices drop on low summer demand, Ukraine gas compromise
    — Reuters Africa
  • Is Coal Set for a Comeback? — Rupert Hargreaves
May 2014
  • Federal EPA's pollution rules may oust coal — Tribune-Review
  • FOB Richards Bay falls 15 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • Coal Watch — Platts CTI
  • Outlook for coal remains weak - Yancoal — Mining Weekly
  • Port, Botswana–Moz rail feasibility study set to start this year — Mining Weekly
  • Climate change warnings may be invalid — AFP via I-Net Bridge
  • What to watch in 2014: Policy developments that will shape the coal industry
    — Cornerstone
  • Global thermal import demand growth to slow to 2% a year until 2018: GS
    — Platts CTI
  • Quiet Richards Bay spot gains 80 cents — Platts CTI
  • Concerns about MPRDA Amendment Bill linger as industry awaits President’s verdict — Mining Weekly
  • Botswana ropes in Dutch firm as it seeks to craft coal-bed methane gas development strategy — Mining Weekly
  • Mozambique benefiting from mining taxes but needs to improve infrastructure — Mining Weekly
  • A quarter of Queensland coal produced in the red - QRC — Mining Weekly
  • 1 980 workers to be ‘affected’ by Exxaro’s 2015 restructuring plan
    — Mining Weekly
  • Fossil-free isn't folly free — The Boston Globe
  • FOB Richards Bay spot climbs 35 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • European physical spot edges lower; S African market firms further — Platts CTI
  • Environmental impacts of KiPower 600 MW plant outlined — Engineering News
  • Turkish coal mine disaster cranks up pressure on miners, utilities — Reuters
  • African Energy waits for higher coal prices or lower freight costs at Mmamabula — Mining Weekly
  • China’s coal output, consumption almost as much as world combined
    — Mining Weekly
  • Richards Bay catches up after outage — Business Day
  • AEO2014: coal prices and productivity — World Coal
  • Coal rules will devastate, say biz groups — The Hill
  • South Africa's RBCT exported 5.5Mt of coal in April — Reuters
  • The deadliest environmental threat (it’s not global warming) — Bjørn Lomborg
  • Richards Bay spot coal not competitive — Platts CTI
  • How green policies hurt the poor — Bjørn Lomborg
  • S Africa’s stuttering economy adds to gloom in run-up to election
    — Financial Times
  • Richards Bay FOB spot remains stable — Platts CTI
  • South Africa’s Richards Bay coal exports fall — World Coal
  • Glencore Xstrata Q1 coal output up 4% on-year to 34.1Mt — Platts CTI
  • South Africa’s Richards Bay April coal exports fall 13% on-year — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay 6 000 NAR at $77/mt — Platts CTI
  • Alpha Natural, Walter Energy cut coal output to boost prices — Reuters
  • Rio Tinto warns of job cuts at Queensland coal mine — Mining Weekly
  • FOB Richards Bay 6 000 NAR drops to near three-week lows — Platts CTI
  • Why the Chinese are Bullish on Coal – and You Should Be, Too
    — Energy and Capital
April 2014
  • Solar Power Is Booming, But Will Never Replace Coal. Here's Why. — Forbes
  • Solobay: Coal Still Vital Source of Energy and Jobs — pasenate.com
  • Pennsylvania coal group wants government to collaborate on 'clean coal' technology — SNL
  • Indian mining, steel heavyweight opens up shop in SA — Engineering News
  • The Atlantic Basin thermal coal markets – The present and the future
    — Informa Australia
  • Forbes Coal extends Ikwezi property acquisition closing date — Mining Weekly
  • Firestone narrows efforts to optimise Waterberg project — Mining Weekly
  • CoAL progresses turnaround as last noncore asset sale advances
    — Mining Weekly
  • Walter Energy to idle Canadian coal operations — World Coal
  • FOB Richards Bay 6 000 NAR price falls 35 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • Mick Davis wants BHP’s coal division to be cornerstone of his new
    mining empire — Mining.com
  • Former Xstrata chief seeks to buy BHP thermal coal unit - report — Reuters
  • FOB Richards Bay spot unchanged — Platts CTI
  • Coal-based growth to accelerate; reiterate Buy — UBS
  • Richards Bay 6,000 NAR prompt market slips although tightness persists
    — Platts CTI
  • World Bank gives Mozambique tips on avoiding a ‘painful bust’ as minerals boom beckons — Mining Weekly
  • Arch Coal widens Q1 loss as weak coal prices weigh, lowers guidance
    — Mining Weekly
  • Peabody Energy widens Q1 loss as weak coal prices persist — Mining Weekly
  • Large mining projects under pressure as capital strategies are reviewed
    — Mining Weekly
  • No finality on Eskom ‘support’, but DPE confirms immediate R25bn shortfall
    — Engineering News
  • The fuel of the future, unfortunately — The Economist
  • R17.5m Anglo project to improve, accelerate mine rehabilitation
    — Mining Weekly
  • Spot Richards Bay FOB rises — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot steady amid tightness — Platts CTI
  • El Niño could start as early as July — Financial Times
  • Keaton Energy almost doubles coal output
  • BHP Billiton hikes iron-ore, met coal production forecasts — Mining Weekly
  • Energizer completes Madagascar graphite project consolidation
    — Mining Weekly
  • Walter Energy to idle Canadian operations — Mining Weekly
  • Tulear court grants Lemur tenure over Imaloto permit 4578 — Mining Weekly
  • Martins opens way for coal, co-generation IPPs, extends renewables allocation
    — Mining Weekly
  • Gas emerges as potential aid for Zimbabwe energy crisis — Mining Weekly
  • Development of UCG industry gains momentum as government reveals
    policy stance — Mining Weekly
  • FOB Richards Bay 6 000 price drops 80 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • Coal gasification: The clean energy of the future? — BBC
  • Mining in sub-Saharan Africa — World Coal
  • Huge export potential for coal from subcontinent — Mining Ne.ws
  • Germany sets a new tone on energy policy — Financial Times
  • Westminster’s £10m loan delays coal mine closure — Financial Times
  • Eskom headed for distress, bailout — Engineering News
  • Martins set to make IPP procurement announcements on Monday
    — Engineering News
  • What future for UK coal? — World Coal
  • Bankruptcy filing unlikely to impact coal market — World Coal
  • Initiatives underway to improve greenfield exploration in SA — Mining Weekly
  • Attack halts coal trains in central Mozambique — Mining Weekly
  • Namibian Resources raises £246 400 of new capital — Mining Weekly
  • Richards Bay FOB spot market climbs to over-three-week high
  • First coal to Eskom from Universal’s Kangala mine — Mining Ne.ws
  • MPs and unions join battle to save two of UK’s last coal mines
    — Financial Times
  • Richards Bay March coal exports hit 5-month high at 6.9Mt — Platts CTI
  • BHP Billiton bullish on coal demand — Mining Weekly
  • Market uncertainty flagged as the major worry for mining juniors in 2014
    — Mining Weekly
  • FOB Richards Bay stable despite Indian demand — Platts CTI
March 2014
  • Huge coal deposits discovered in North Sea — World Coal
  • Scientists clash over UN climate report — Financial Times
  • After shale gas, now for tight oil — Financial Times
  • Strong global, domestic energy needs guarantee long-term demand for SA coal
    — Mining Weekly
  • Beacon Hill able to fund coal wash plant expansion — World Coal
  • Richards Bay FOB thermal coal prices firm on renewed Indian buying
  • CIF ARA spot prices rise $1 on further Drummond loading delay — Platts CTI
  • High-calorific steam coal segment stabilizes in Atlantic region
  • South Africa's Grootegeluk returns normal operation — Metal Expert
  • RBCT ready to boost junior coal exports in partnership with Transnet
    — Mining Weekly
  • Spot FOB Richards Bay swaps at lowest since 2009
  • Germany's Energy Policy Is Failing the Poor, While Being a Poor Way to Help the Climate — Bjorn Lomborg
  • Supplying Eskom is coal industry’s greatest challenge, says professional services firm — Mining Weekly
  • Agreement opens way for 300 MW Moz coal-fired power project
    — Engineering News
  • No current need for separate junior coal terminal – TNPA — Engineering News
  • SA’s Forbes Coal, Riversdale Mining reach long-awaited agreement
    — Platts CTI
  • Coal, gas or nuclear? Power-hungry South Africa must decide now — Reuters
  • KZN coal hub initiative to unlock opportunities across the mineral’s value chain
    — Mining Weekly
  • GlencoreXstrata keen to boost position in coal — Mining Weekly
  • Contested mining legislation approved by Parliament — Mining Weekly
  • S&P rates Exxaro zaA-/zaA-2, SA remains risk — Mining Weekly
  • Belfast colliery feasibility study is on track — Mining Ne.ws
  • SA’s coal resources become expensive to mine — Mining Ne.ws
  • Richards Bay rally gathers pace — Platts CTI
  • CoAL keeps focus on turnaround, Makhado hopes remain high
    — Mining Weekly
  • Glencore acquiring BHP Billiton’s Optimum coal rights approved
    — Mining Weekly
  • Tesla's new $5bn ‘giga-factory’ could spur 37% graphite market growth
    — Mining Weekly
  • Linc Energy wins Polish coal exploration license — World Coal
  • Ukraine crisis to be main coal market driver — World Coal
February 2014
  • Mining in sub-Saharan Africa — World Coal
  • Carbon tax postponed to 2016 — Engineering News
  • A lot of well-meaning people are arguing that in order to tackle global warming,
    we need to disinvest in fossil fuels — Bjorn Lomborg
January 2014
  • Global seaborne coal trade to grow in 2014 on Asian appetite for power, steel
    — SNL
 

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