China's coal production restrictions have turned coal markets on their head this year. The Chinese government is trying to strike a balance between restoring its crippled coal sector to some measure of health while maintaining the push to reduce coal sector overcapacity without damaging downstream users such as the electricity utilities. Our analysis suggests a RMB515/tonne price strikes a reasonable balance between the coal and utility sectors and would be viewed as an acceptable price level by the Chinese government. We think this is good news for the seaborne market. We calculate this price level equates to a benchmark Newcastle thermal coal price of US$73/tonne basis 6000 nar. While well below current spot and contract prices, at this price level 98% of the seaborne market is cash positive.
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Insight | Nov 2016
China's coal policies rescue the thermal coal market
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