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China coal supply summary

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Report summary

After experiencing much volatility in 2016, China's coal market is gradually restoring calm. Under new market prices, we revised up our production and cash costs forecast for 2017. In the longer term, we expect Chinese coal will have a declining weighted average cash cost as the country is dedicated to cutting outdated capacity and improving industry concentration. In key takeaways, we summarised provincial capacity cut targets for 2017 and suggested how China's coal capacity landscape will look by the end of 13th five-year plan period. We also updated coal quality information and did quality-price mapping for all assets.

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    China coal supply summary

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Table of contents

    • Marketable production (by mine status)
    • Thermal production
    • Metallurgical production
    • For more detailed data on mine and project production, please access the Coal Supply Data Tool under the Tools & Models option above.
    • Non-coastal costs
    • Coastal seaborne costs
    • Rail
      • Route one
      • Route two
      • Route three
      • Route four
    • Southern China rail infrastructure
    • Western China rail infrastructure
    • Road
    • Shipping
    • Coastal shipping
    • Thermal coal - Chinese classification
    • Coking coal - Chinese classification
    • Chinese coal classification

Tables and charts

This report includes 13 images and tables including:


  • Quality: Table 1
  • Quality: Table 2
  • PCI - Chinese classification
  • Thermal coal qualities
  • Coking coal qualities
  • PCI quality by brand (marketable reserves)


  • Average total cash costs
  • Expansionary capital cost
  • Key issues: Image 3
  • Northern China rail network (key rail lines)
  • Southern China rail network
  • Western China rail network
  • Quality: Image 1

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