North American coal markets: contracting and deliveries in 2019

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In 2018, coal-fired electric generating units (EGU) remained cautious in their contracted positions, opting for as much volume variability as possible and keeping most contracts to 12 months or less. This resulted in stockpiles falling by 25 Mst (20%) by the end of 2018. The situation as we enter 2019 is quite different, stockpiles are at their lowest levels in 10 years and transportation delays have shown the value of security of supply. Therefore, new contracts with first deliveries beginning in 2019 reveal that EGUs are more willing to enter long-term contracts than in recent years. Also, coal delivered to EGUs via existing contracts longer than a year began increasing as a percentage of monthly deliveries in 2018.

Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Coal deliveries in 2018
  • Coal deliveries in January 2019
  • Expected coal deliveries in 2019

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:

  • Annual Coal deliveries (Mst)
  • Annual contract deliveries by term length (Mst)
  • Natural gas price volatility and coal stocks (US$/mmbtu or Mst)
  • January coal deliveries (Mst)
  • January coal deliveries by basin (Mst)
  • Monthly coal deliveries by basin (Mst)
  • January coal stockpiles (Mst)
  • Contracts entered in January 2019
  • 2019 sales volume guidance (Mst)
  • Average contract margin by basin (US$/st)

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