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Pressure on polluters increases as coal industry declines
across EU

The coal industry is declining across the European Union according to research published on 16 March.

The global coal boom is going bust, one study said, with more coal plants being retired than built. Another report warned investors of the risks of backing inefficient coal plants that are likely to be stranded if a legally binding global carbon target is agreed in Paris this December.

Worldwide, one in ten coal plants at risk of being stranded – left idle because their energy is not wanted – are in the EU.

Analysis by Carbon Tracker also identified major financial risks for investors in coal producers around the world. $112 billion worth of investments in future coal mine expansion and development was not needed under lower demand forecasts.

The findings were dismissed by Brian Ricketts, the secretary general of Euracoal, a trade industry group. He said coal plants in Europe were too old and badly needed modernisation, adding this "should be happening everywhere to improve efficiency and reduce emissions."

Environmental campaigners today called on the European Commission to explain its strategy on coal. In its Energy Union communication, launched on 25 February and set to be discussed by EU leaders this week in Brussels, there is no mention of the fossil fuel.

No action on coal would mean either a high carbon lock-in – which could scupper international efforts to keep global warming below two degrees – or unnecessary, stranded plants and infrastructure, they said.

Darek Urbaniak, energy policy officer at WWF European Policy Office, said: "A lack of a clear strategy to tackle coal in Europe can only be a losing strategy."

Oxford divestment debate

The internationally renowned Oxford University is today (16 March) mulling whether to divest from its coal and tar sands investments, after two years of pressure from students, part of a global campaign. The University later announced it was deferring its decision until May, sparking protests.

Should it ultimately decide to divest, Oxford will be the latest high profile public institution to shed polluting fuels from its portfolio. It has a £3.8 billion (€5.34 billion) endowment.

The organisers of the worldwide divestment campaign claim that about 200 institutions, with a combined asset size of over $50 billion have committed to divest their fossil fuel assets. They include Stanford and Glasgow universities.

Support has grown as the public becomes increasingly aware that fossil fuel companies have discovered three times more fuel than can be safely burned without serious risk to the climate.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and others have warned that, in order to keep levels of global warming within the internationally agreed two degree target, no more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed before 2050.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December aims to make that target legally binding. The EU, US and China have signalled their determination to reach a deal.

The EU's strategy for the conference was published at the same time as the Energy Union communication. While Energy Union was developed to strengthen the EU's resilience to shortages, it has developed to include the fight against climate change.

Boom and bust

For every new coal plant built since 2010 worldwide, two proposals to build have been shelved, a Sierra Club and CoalSwarm report found. The rate was "significantly higher" in Europe, according to Boom and Bust: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline .

But even if the global trend continues, the remaining one-third will account for nearly all of the greenhouse gases that can be emitted before climate change exceeds 2 degrees, the report said.

From 2003 to 2014, the amount of retired coal-fired electricity capacity in the EU was 22% higher than new capacity, the study, published today (16 March) found. Since January 2010, seven coal-fired plants were stopped in the EU, against just one completed proposal.

Over the past ten years and across the EU's 28 member states 14.5k MW of capacity was added, compared to 17.5k MW retired.

That is on trend with the US and China, although Poland and the Balkans were singled out as two areas defying the global slowdown. Turkey, Vietnam and Indonesia were also proposing new stations.

"What's striking is how quickly the business climate has turned against coal since 2012," said Ted Nace, executive director of CoalSwarm. "Because these projects require large capital outlays, they're vulnerable to rising perceptions of risk."

The EU has continued on its decade long drop in coal-fired generating capacity. A spike caused by low prices, high gas costs, and the partial shutdown of German nuclear plants was not a coal renaissance, the Internal Energy Agency said in December last year.

A number of EU policies are driving the closure of coal-fired power generation, said the WWF's Urbaniak. 35GW of capacity have been closed by the Large Combustion Plant Directive, and this may increase by the end of 2015. The Industrial Emissions Directive has the potential to close up to 40GW of Europe's remaining 150GW of coal-fired capacity by 2023.

Emissions Performance Standards for CO2 from the power sector could drive the closure of the most-polluting infrastructure and provide a clear investment signal for the decarbonisation of the power sector by complementing the Emissions Trading System, added Urbaniak.

Luke Sussams, senior researcher of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, said existing coal-fired power plant capacity would swallow four-fifths of the two-degree carbon budget over its lifetime, leaving no room for burning the world's oil and gas.

"This fundamental contradiction means investors must assess their exposure to coal plants that are most at risk of becoming stranded in a carbon-constrained world, and steer clear of funding any new coal plants altogether," he warned.


The Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment identified the least efficient "subcritical" coal-fired power stations in the world.

Those plants are at the most risk of becoming stranded assets due to their carbon intensity and contribution to local air pollution and water use, its report, Stranded Assets and Subcritical Coal: The Risk to Companies and Investors, said .

The average subcritical coal-fired power station generates 75% more carbon pollution than the most up-to-date type of coal-fired power station. They also use 67% more water, and create significant amounts of air pollution.

One out of ten subcritical plants worldwide are in the EU. Nations with the largest amount of subcritical generation are Germany with 34%, Poland with 21% and the UK with approximately 13% of the EU total.

In Poland, almost the entire coal fleet is rated subcritical. European Council President Donald Tusk, chairing Thursday's summit of EU leaders, is Poland's former prime minister.

To limit global emissions to a level consistent with a two-degree future the IEA estimates that around a quarter of all subcritical coal-fired power stations worldwide will need to be closed by 2020.

Ben Caldecott, lead author and director of the Stranded Assets Programme said, "Subcritical plants are typically older and more expensive to operate. Consequently, closing these plants down may represent a sound choice for budget-constrained policymakers looking for cost-effective ways of tackling pollution."

The study analysed the world's 100 largest subcritical company portfolios. Governments own 59%. 39% of total global subcritical capacity is in China, 21% in the US, 10% in the EU, and 9% in India.

German utility RWE is estimated to generate the largest share of subcritical coal in Europe, followed by E.ON and Vattenfall.

E.ON, Germany's largest power supplier, announced in December last year that it would spin off its fossil fuel assets into a separate company. It said its new strategy would focus on renewables.

In October 2014, Swedish state energy firm Vattenfall said it intended to sell its German lignite mines and plants, because they were " incompatible with the company's climate change goals ."

Industry response

Brian Ricketts is secretary general of industry association Euracoal. He said that Europe built its industrial base on coal earlier than the USA, China and other Asian economies. Many coal-fired power plants were built in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and now need replacing, he said. That was happening in member states such as Germany and Bulgaria.

"But replacement and modernisation should be happening everywhere to improve efficiency and reduce emissions, but it isn't because EU policy favours subsidised sources of energy such as wind and solar," Ricketts told EurActiv. "For an investor in coal, EU policy over the next five years looks uncertain and unpredictable, never mind the 25-30 years needed for a return on a coal project," he said. Ricketts pointed out the Stranded Assets and Subcritical Coal report was sponsored by the Generation Foundation which itself receives annual distributions from the Generation Investment Management LLP. The LLP stood to benefit from the closure of plants, he claimed. "The question not addressed by the authors is, 'What is best for citizens?'. In South Africa, the legitimacy of the government depends on lifting millions out of poverty; affordable electricity from coal is part of that mission," he said.

"In Europe, we can do better – matching the performance of Japan's coal-fired fleet would be a good starting point," Ricketts added.

Sourced from: Published 19/03/2015.

This month's top international coal headlines

  • Yvo de Boer highlights importance of coal in developing countries
    — World Coal
  • FOB Richards Bay trades dry up again — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay 6,000 NAR trades again — Platts CTI
  • Indian buyers turn to off-spec South African thermal coal — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay still tradeless — Platts CTI
  • Carbon tax to hurt growth, socio-political stability and exacerbate unemployment — Independant Online
  • Richards Bay FOB spot remains quiet — Platts CTI
  • New commodity superhighway will emerge in China — Commodity Online
  • New coal terminal on the cards for Richards Bay — The Citizen
  • SA's future shrouded in darkness — Mail & Guardian
  • Demand for South African coal skewed to certain grades — Platts CTI
  • South African spot up 65 cents on-day — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB market stable — Platts CTI
  • Keaton pushes coal output to record high — Mining Weekly
  • CIF ARA spot ticks up for third straight session — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot prices rise to over two-week high — Platts CTI
  • Strike halts production at Anglo’s Kleinkopje thermal mine in S Africa
    — Platts CTI
  • Anglo American coal mine in S Africa hit by wildcat strike — Reuters
  • India to the Rescue as Australia Eyes Coal’s Crown — The Diplomat
  • FOB Richards Bay unchanged — Platts CTI
  • South African supply tight — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal swaps lose almost $1 on macro, gas, bearish sentiment
    — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay drops 65 cents day on day — Platts CTI
  • Coal Markets in Motion — World Coal Association
  • Coal: Contracts aided by lower AUD — UBS
  • Richards Bay FOB spot moves sideways — Platts CTI
  • S African Feb thermal coal exports slip 9.5% on-month to 6 million mt
    — Platts CTI
  • Almost 17% of expected 2015 US coal output below market pricing – Woodmac — Mining Weekly

News Archive

March 2015
  • South African spot prices slip — Platts CTI
  • South African prices too volatile — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB market sees little demand — Platts CTI
  • South African coal prices rise — Platts CTI
  • South African FOB thermal spot price up $1 on Australian mine cut news
    — Platts CTI
  • Oil prices, OPEC shenanigans & the North Sea — Oilholics Synonymous Report
  • Differentiating falling prices & falling demand — World Coal
  • FOB Richards Bay down to record low of $59.60/t — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA Cal-16 swap falls to fresh record low amid extended bearishness
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF Turkey thermal price plummets $3/t amid bearish Atlantic market
    — Platts CTI
  • Physical Atlantic markets slip lower as paper pressure continues — Platts CTI
  • Glencore opts for squeaky clean — Mining Weekly
  • Pressure on polluters increases as coal industry declines across EU — Euractiv
  • China Focus: China coal producers may enter vicious circle of price war and loss — Xinhua News Agency
  • Coal miners feel pinch in Japan deal — Fairfax Media Publications
  • S. Africa's Eskom seeks more power hikes - City of Cape Town — Reuters Africa
  • Richards Bay 6,000 NAR breaks dry run — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay swaps drop $1 — Platts CTI
  • Sunbird Energy to supply gas to S. African power utility Eskom
    — Reuters Africa
  • THERMAL COAL-Futures stabilise after losing streak — Reuters Africa
  • Coal-rich South32 keen to help Eskom solve power issues – Kerr
    — Mining Weekly
  • Rebalancing China’s Energy Strategy — The Paulson Institute
  • World carbon emissions stall after almost 40 years of gains — Reuters
  • Government eyes zero Indian coal imports by 2020, experts say not possible
    — SNL
  • Blasting halted at Universal’s Kangala Colliery in S Africa after incident
    — Platts CTI
  • S African suppliers hold onto cargoes — Platts CTI
  • Green hopes, on China's terms — The Washington Post
  • Coal-based projects viable with cheap oil — South China Morning Post
  • India aims for big coal output boost next fiscal year — Reuters
  • Coal producers turn away from Eskom — Finweek
  • Coal prices to drop further – BofA Merrill Lynch — World Coal
  • Carbon belchers cloud climate issue — Fairfax Media Publications
  • ANALYSIS: Optimum supply deal pinpoints new S African pricing dynamic
    — Platts CTI
  • The flexibility of German coal-fired power plants amid increased renewables
    — Cornerstone
  • FOB Richards Bay also supported by high bids — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay gains 55 cents — Platts CTI
  • China plans big cuts to coal imports in quest for cleaner air — The Age News
  • Mozambique raises transport project costs — World Coal
  • China makes push to ditch coal addiction — World Coal
  • China slashes our imports — Fairfax Media Publications
  • South African 6,000 NAR coal attractive — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay gain ground — Platts CTI
  • China to reduce coal consumption for better air — Xinhua News Agency
  • India coal output will gain, but not to heroic forecasts: Russell — Reuters
  • Botswana – Mulilo lines up base load coal IPP — Reuters
  • Richards Bay FOB spot slips over $1 — Platts CTI
  • Exxaro confirms take-or-pay coal rail contract with Transnet — Mining Weekly
  • SA’s Exxaro 2014 coal production up 1% to 39.2Mt — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot unchanged — Platts CTI
  • Colombia looks to maintain oil, coal, gold output despite lower prices — EFE
  • THERMAL COAL-Futures slip in oversupplied market — Reuters Africa
  • Glencore leads on output cut — Fairfax Media Publications
  • Richards Bay FOB spot slips — Platts CTI
  • What keeps Energy Leaders awake at the dawn of 2015?
    — World Energy Council
  • Glencore's goal remains cash — Fairfax Media Publications
  • Anthracite: the next big thing among coal suppliers
    — Fairfax Media Publications
  • Glencore 2015 coal output to fall after Australia, South Africa cuts — Reuters
  • A massive increase in coal mining is a cause for concern
    — The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Coal still king — Bangkok Post
  • S African Jan thermal exports fall 10.4% on-month to 6.6Mt — Platts CTI
  • Dutch government says sorry for gas field causing quakes — Reuters
  • Rio Tinto energy chief's job cut may signal coal exit — Reuters
  • Over the Barrel: Green fig leaf — The Indian Express
  • Have Newcastle coal prices emerged from half a decade of decline? — Reuters
  • Majority coal production in Shanxi remains suspended on mounting downward pressure on prices— Xinhua News Agency
  • Bleak coal outlook to force consolidation: Yancoal
    — The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Medupi finally produces first power — Business Day
February 2015
  • Coal industry stands for progress and prosperity — EurActiv
  • Playing the long game Down Under — World Coal
  • Britain's coal-fired power generation at five-year low in 2014 — Reuters Africa
  • Colombia gov't forecasts 10% increase in 2015 coal output — Mining Weekly
  • THERMAL COAL-Prices ease after early 2015 rally — Reuters Africa
  • FOB Richards Bay drops 20 cents — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay drops to 19-day low — Platts CTI
  • Interest for Richards Bay 6,000 NAR material — Platts CTI
  • Tightness in South African coal supply — Platts CTI
  • Indonesia to cap coal production in 2015 — World Coal
  • Update: BP Energy Outlook 2035 — Rosalie Starling
  • Thermal coal prices: the India factor — World Coal
  • ‘Moribund’ Botswana coal industry requires gentle approach – consultant
    — Mining Weekly
  • Coal mining in Canada to 2020: Underutilised assets — World Coal
  • Coal sector rationalisation inevitable: Goyder — Australian Financial Group
  • Coal prices 'unlikely' to recover in 2015 — The Sydney Morning Herald
  • South African coal more competitive as prices fall — Platts CTI
  • A challenging outlook: US coal in 2015 — World Coal
  • Richards Bay FOB slips further — Platts CTI
  • Thermal Coal: Sun-setting on the JFY system? — UBS
  • Indonesia 2014 coal output, exports decline as low prices, new rules bite
    — The Asean Daily
  • Indonesian coal exports seen flat to 2014 at 350Mt — Coal Guru
  • China January coal imports at 16.78Mt — Reuters
  • India's coal imports soften as local supply improves — Reuters
  • Indonesian coal miner Garda Tujuh stops production in depressed market
    — Reuters
  • CIF ARA Cal-16 drops $1 further as bearish sentiment weighs — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot ticks lower — Platts CTI
  • Russian coal production to remain flat in 2015 - Econ Ministry — Interfax
  • THERMAL COAL-Futures trim gains, market refocuses on oversupply
    — Reuters Africa
  • EU on track for green energy goal but UK, Dutch lagging — Reuters
  • COLUMN-India coal output closer to ending years of disappointment: Russell — Reuters
  • Coal Authority makes multi-million pound awards to protect nation's environment — GOV.UK
  • Asia coal bonds due for reality check — Reuters
  • Smaller coal producers await shift in demand, prices — The Washington Times
  • Cyclone threatens coastal mining sites — Mining News
  • CIF ARA thermal coal spot slips over $1 as 10-day bull-run ends — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB remain supported — Platts CTI
  • Thermal coal trade thin in India as buyers await budget — Platts CTI
  • Mozambique production project uncertainty — The Economic Times
  • Colombia coal production rises to 88.5Mt in 2014 — EFE News Services
  • Existing technology can increase coal plants’ efficiency to 40% – WCA
    — Mining Weekly
  • Anglo American reports 25% drop in underlying earnings, $3.9bn in impairments — Mining Weekly
  • FOB Richards Bay jumps to close to two-month highs — Platts CTI
  • Indian domestic thermal coal, logistics curb imports — Platts CTI
  • China demand rises for Richards Bay thermal coal — Platts CTI
  • NORDIC POWER-Forwards gain on drier weather, stronger coal
    — Reuters Africa
  • Richards Bay FOB thermal coal spot climbs to 7-week high — Platts CTI
  • THERMAL COAL-Australian coal prices dip but are still 16% up since Jan
    — Reuters
  • China Focus: China Jan coal imports plunge on policy change and gloomy demand — Xinhua News Agency
  • Power Problems compounded by BEE requirements — 702 News
  • Demand for innovation in energy keeps growing — The Financial Times
  • Huge investment needed to make up S. Africa coal losses: minister — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB falls for first time in six sessions — Platts CTI
  • S African thermal coal exports hit 74.42 million mt in 2014: customs
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal spot slips on bearish supply-demand drivers — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay FOB spot remains strong — Platts CTI
January 2015
  • FOB Richards Bay thermal swaps rally $2 as Glencore plans S African cuts
    — Platts CTI
  • What is on the cards for the coal industry in 2015? — World Coal
  • News Analysis: China's coal industry freezes over — Xinhua News Agency
  • Botswana Coal Companies See Output Without New Rail Line — Bloomberg
  • Energy-hungry India doubles down on coal — Washington Post
  • Shanxi not to approve any new coal mine projects before 2020
    — Xinhua News Agency
  • China cuts in coal 'a blow' — Financial Review Group
  • Japan Dec coal import volume down 5.8% — Reuters
  • THERMAL COAL-European import prices near 9-yr low; Goldman Sachs cuts forecast — Reuters
  • Greece: Syriza juggles coal, pipelines and climate ambitions — The Guardian
  • China commodities news in the media: January 26 — Platts
  • Is South32 in Glencore’s cross hairs? — World Coal
  • Oil prices 'low for up to 3 years' — BBC News
  • Tower of power — World Coal
  • Opec, oil companies clash at Davos over price collapse — Reuters
  • Price volatility a key worry for global energy leaders – WEC report
    — Engineering News
  • Resgen defers some Boikarabelo activities until finalisation of debt funding
    — Mining Weekly
  • Mozambique coal sector sees disruptions, deals and bankruptcy
    — Mining Weekly
  • Richards Bay FOB spot ticks lower — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay physical, swaps prices diverge — Platts CTI
  • Demand limited for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • Coal miners seek output cuts as prices plunge — The Jakarta Post
  • Moody's says Indonesia's Berau on review for possible downgrade — Reuters
  • Shaanxi Coal sees 2014 net profit down about 70% weak coal prices — Reuters
  • Thermal coal reaches 'retirement age', says Goldman Sachs
    — Thomson Reuters
  • China's coal production sees first drop since 2000 — Xinhua News Agency
  • Demand for Richards Bay FOB coal — Platts CTI
  • Indian buyers come in for Richards Bay FOB coal — Platts CTI
  • Contango contracting — Platts CTI
  • Polish premier seen determined to restructure coal mining industry
    — Associated Press
  • Sasol dividend fades as oil prices fall — Independent Online
  • Winners and losers in China's deepening economic slowdown
    — The Economic Times
  • Tumbling Russian rouble pulls European coal prices with it — Reuters
  • Front-end CIF ARA swaps rally $1 as market mulls Fenoco court ruling
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal breaks 23-day bear-run on Fenoco rail restrictions
    — Platts CTI
  • Liberation Mine Ready To Start Exploration After Securing Funds
    — ZimEye Media
  • India crucial for success of Climate pact: UK — The Economic Times
  • Australia pinning its hopes on gas boom — The Straits Times
  • Mining sector poised for a bumpy 2015 as legislative uncertainty, other challenges linger — Mining Weekly
  • CIF ARA thermal coal swaps fall to new lows with weak macro — Platts CTI
  • Queensland exports record coal tons — Mining Weekly
  • Atlantic thermal prices mixed as spot buying supports FOB Richards Bay
    — Platts CTI
  • Arup says sustainability to rank high as it leads development of Exxaro’s new Mpumalanga colliery — Mining Weekly
  • Keep coal in the ground to stymie climate change — The Dominion Post
  • China orders more regions to cut coal consumption — Reuters
  • 2015: the year of coalbed methane — World Coal
  • China releases interim rules to guide coal consumption cut or replacement in key areas — Xinhua News Agency
  • Richards Bay premium over ARA widens — Platts CTI
  • Coal prices likely to fall back in short term — Xinhua News Agency
  • North China to slash coal consumption for better air quality
    — Xinhua News Agency
  • Whitehaven rejects gloomy forecast for 2015 coal prices
    — Financial Review Group
  • Insolvent coal junior Beacon Hill goes into administration — Mining Weekly
  • Coal prices likely to fall back in short term — Xinhua News Agency
  • As Oil Slips Below $50, Canada Digs In for Long Haul — Wall Street Journal
  • FOB Richards Bay holds ground — Platts CTI
  • Stocks choppy as oil prices fall further — The Financial Times
  • Glencore says restarting Australia coal mines shut to fight glut — Reuters
  • Richards Bay FOB trades higher — Platts CTI
  • Falling oil prices aid coal miners — The Financial Times
  • CIF ARA thermal coal spot slumps below $60/mt for first time since 2009
    — Platts CTI
  • Coal stocks of six major Chinese power generators fall 0.8% on-week
    — Platts CTI
  • Coal India workers call off five-day strike, resume work Thursday — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA coal swaps diverge as contango reasserts itself — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal spot trades down over $2 to fresh 5-year low — Platts CTI
  • Indian thermal coal buyers seek bargains amid oversupply — Platts CTI
  • Choppy CIF ARA Cal-16 trading — Platts CTI
  • South African coal out of the money in ARA — Platts CTI
  • S African Nov thermal coal exports slip to 6.04Mt, 3-month low — Platts CTI
  • Grubby business: India’s coal strike — World Coal
  • Indian coal strike — BRICS Media Limited
  • Richards Bay FOB spot activity steps up as New Year gets underway
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA 15-60 day thermal coal spot prices slip to new lows — Platts CTI
December 2014
  • Atlantic thermal coal spot prices rangebound in short end of year session
    — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA swaps fall nearly $1 to new lows — Platts CTI
  • Top stories of China's power and coal — Xinhua News Agency
  • CIF ARA spot price slips under $70/t as coal rail strike threat disappears
    — Platts CTI
  • Negligible Indian interest for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • A year in coal: 2014 roundup — World Coal
  • China November coal imports and exports — Reuters
  • Japanese trading firms snap up coal assets — World Coal
  • FOB Richards Bay falls to almost six-week low — Platts CTI
  • Can European thermal coal prices fall even further? — Wood Mackenzie
  • Where coal was king and football was a religion — The Independant
  • Richards Bay FOB spot slips marginally — Platts CTI
  • THERMAL COAL-Futures hold at more than 7-yr low, Russia exports weigh
    — Reuters
  • CIF ARA edges lower as South African coal arbitrage window opens — Platts CTI
  • Fenoco fears played down — Platts CTI
  • South Africa Looks To Mozambique To Solve Its Energy Crisis — AFKInsider
  • SG quits Alpha coal project — IFR Asia
  • Morien Enters Agreement to Exchange Donkin Project Interest for Cash and Royalty —
  • 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
  • Richards Bay FOB spot edges lower — Platts CTI
  • A fuel of the future — World Coal
  • Thousands rally against Turkish coal mine closures - daily — BBC Monitoring Service
  • South Africa to sign fuel deals to tackle power crisis — Reuters
  • South Africa tenders for coal-fired power plants — Reuters
  • Richards Bay FOB spot also slips — Platts CTI
  • 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
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 —
  • 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
  • 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 —
  • 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 —
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • SA’s coal resources become expensive to mine — Mining
  • 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


15th Clean Coal Forum
6th Annual Mozambique Coal Conference