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China coal short-term outlook March 2018: supply recovery and weaker demand drive 'reasonable' prices

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Report summary

In March, thermal and metallurgical coal prices fell 13% and 3% month-on-month, respectively. The largest driver of the price drop was improving supply. But with the heating season over and residential power usage dropping, the growth rate in coal production will be moderate in Q2. As such, we will see prices come down further, albeit at a slower rate, to within the range the governments deems reasonable.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Thermal coal enters weak demand season
    • Household fuel switching will continue in the near term
    • Extended production restrictions dampen metallurgical coal demand
    • Relaxed government scrutiny buoys resumption of coal production
    • Falling coal prices push China to reconsider restrictions

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This report includes 11 images and tables including:

Images

  • Monthly coal-fired generation, TWh
  • Monthly hydropower generation, TWh
  • Demand: Image 3
  • Demand: Image 4
  • Monthly hot metal production, Mt
  • Monthly metallurgical coke production, Mt
  • Thermal coal supply, Mt
  • Metallurgical coal supply, Mt
  • Prices: Image 1
  • Prices: Image 2

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