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Global thermal coal markets: 2019 in review

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23 December 2019

Global thermal coal markets: 2019 in review

Report summary

2019 was a year of extreme ups and downs in the global thermal coal market. As we get close to the New Year, here is a look back at some of the top themes. - Record for seaborne exports in 2019 - 2018 record for global coal consumption - Protectionist efforts weigh on the global economy - China’s tight supply to oversupply and end of year controls on imports - India's slowing economy and prolonged monsoon hindered coal market - Pricing spread narrows between high and low rank coal - Global flood of LNG - North Asia fuel switching, nuclear, and winter curtailments - Colombia, Russia and South Africa increases into the Pacific - Vietnam imports doubling on surging power demand - Australian bushfires create production risks

Table of contents

  • Record for seaborne exports in 2019 - 2018 record for global coal consumption
  • Protectionist efforts weigh on the global economy
  • China’s tight supply to oversupply and end of year controls on imports
  • India's slowing economy and prolonged monsoon hindered coal market
  • Pricing spread narrows between high and low rank coal
  • Global flood of LNG
  • North Asia fuel switching, nuclear, and winter curtailments
  • Colombia, Russia and South Africa increasing into the Pacific
  • Vietnam imports doubling on surging power demand
  • Australian bushfires create production risks

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This report includes 4 images and tables including:

  • QHD 5500 price in 2019
  • Indonesian thermal coal exports and Indonesian prices compared to Newcastle price
  • Traditional Atlantic supplier seaborne thermal export growth in the Pacific
  • Pacific basin growth from traditional Atlantic (net change YOY)

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