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Global thermal coal short-term outlook August 2017: China drives the market bullishness

Global thermal coal short-term outlook August 2017: China drives the market bullishness

Report summary

International thermal coal prices have remained strong through the last week of August despite evidence of weakening shoulder season coal demand in northern Asia. Thermal coal supply constraints in Australia and Indonesia have provided support for coal prices.

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Global coal markets are facing extraordinary challenges and uncertainties. Factors such as global overcapacity, weakening demand and falling prices have created cautious investors. These factors have caused delays and cancellations of many mine and infrastructure projects, as well as lower growth rates at others.

This Thermal Coal Market Short Term Outlook report gives global and regional coal producers, consumers, transporters and investors detailed supply, demand and price forecasts for the coal industry, covering all the key domestic markets in North America, China and India.

Use this report to gain a better understanding of market dynamics, including revenue and demand potential for different coals. It will also help you identify trade patterns and changes affecting the thermal coal markets.

Wood Mackenzie is the only coal industry service provider that offers a market outlook integrated with other sector analyses, including macroeconomics, coal supply, steel markets and gas and power markets. Our coal analysts are based in the markets they analyse. They work with objective, proprietary data to help you maximise your current and future investments.

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  • Executive summary
    • Key market data
  • Prices
    • Key prices - history and forecast (nominal, US$/t)
  • Demand
    • Chinese power demand reaches a record high in July
    • China Shenhua and Guodian merger will create an energy titan
    • Taiwan major blackout highlights system vulnerability
    • Indian coal demand still wanes during July
    • South Korea re-starts two nuclear reactors lowering load to thermal plants
    • Will French nuclear output recover from last winter's outages as a new safety probe is announced?
  • Supply
    • China expands coal mine inspections in Shanxi
    • Glencore's supply disruptions continue, but others poised to increase supply during H2-2017
    • Glencore's Rolleston thermal coal mine up for sale
    • Colombian exports fall short of 90 Mtpa

In this report there are 4 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
    • Executive summary: Table 1
  • Prices
    • Prices: Image 1
  • Demand
  • Supply
    • Colombia production history and forecast (Mt)
    • 2017 Colombia coal exports (Mt)
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