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Buckling under pressure: Australian metallurgical coal struggles to reach potential

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China's campaign against illegal scrap based steel plants continues to ignite blast furnace production and strict discipline amongst Chinese coal producers has been a boon for seaborne metallurgical coal suppliers. Australia's attempts to meet this new demand have been thwarted by a range of mine rail and port issues that have hampered exports and led to price rises well above those of equivalent Chinese coals. Although the cycle looks set to turn as Chinese mills baulk at the high prices Australia's travails have posed serious questions about the ability of the supply chain to respond to surging demand.

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  • Queensland monthly metallurgical coal exports (Mt)
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