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Powder River Basin coal markets long-term outlook H2 2014

Powder River Basin coal markets long-term outlook H2 2014

Report summary

The Powder River Basin (PRB) coal market was constrained in 2014 by deliverability issues. Approximately 20-30 Mt of PRB demand was lost this year due to growing constraints in the western rail network, mainly a result of growing crude shipments by rail from the Bakken region. Congestion issues led rail service providers to limit coal shipments to only contracted deliveries and the spot market for PRB coal all but disappeared in 2014, driving down PRB spot prices.

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  • US Coal LTO PRB Analysis 12 17 2014.xls XLS - 488.00 KB


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  • Executive summary
    • Key data
    • Key issues
      • PRB demand by sector
      • Upcoming lease-by-application tracts in Powder River Basin (Better Map in WMAS)

In this report there are 11 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
    • PRB key data
    • PRB price forecast
    • Retiring capacity of plants that burn PRB coal (MW)
    • PRB demand at retiring plants (Mst)
    • Regional demand for PRB coal
    • Executive summary: Image 6
    • PRB thermal coal mining reserves
    • Evolution of cost curve in PRB thermal coal
    • Powder River Basin – Mines and Infrastructure
    • Executive summary: Image 10
    • West Coast available port capacity by year
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