China's proposed low energy coal ban

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China's National Energy Administration is considering a ban on the production and trading of low energy coal. Specifically, thermal coal with an ash content above 25% air dry basis (adb) and sulphur greater than 1% adb will be included in the ban. Importantly, imported coal will be required to have a minimum energy content of 4,544 kcal/kg (NAR) in contrast to domestic coals with an energy content as low as 2,870 kcal/kg (NAR). We see limited impact from the ban on China's domestic...

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  • 2012 seaborne thermal coal imports breakdown
  • Thermal imports affected by proposed ban (2013)
  • 2011 China's reported lignite production by province


  • NEA proposed coal quality standards for domestic consumption
  • Quality of lignite by major mine/basin
  • China's low energy coal quality by region
  • Average coking coal wash rate by Chinese coking coal type, 2007-2011(%)

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