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The rise and fall(?) of seaborne thermal costs

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The weighted average total cash cost for all seaborne thermal coal rose by 51%, or US$23.4/tonne, between 2009 and 2012.  Driving this cost escalation was an increase in mining costs US$13.2/tonne followed by a growth in transportation charges of US$5.7/tonne, both increases of more than 50% from 2009 levels.  The remaining categories of coal preparation, overheads, port, royalties and other taxes also experienced increases between US$0.7 and US$1.4/tonne. The six major supplying countries...

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  • Executive summary
  • Coal prices rise, and costs follow
  • Mining
  • Transportation and port
  • Coal preparation, overheads, royalties and taxes
  • Exchange rates
  • The future

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This report includes 7 images and tables including:

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  • Seaborne thermal weighted average cost in US$/tonne (energy adjusted, real 2013 basis)
  • Weighted average cost of seaborne thermal coal (energy adjusted, real 2013 basis)
  • Pacific Basin seaborne suppliers weighted average costs (energy adjusted, real 2013 basis)
  • Atlantic Basin seaborne suppliers weighted average costs (energy adjusted, real 2013 basis)

Tables

  • Change in weighted average seaborne thermal coal cost from 2009 to 2012 (US$/tonne, real 2013 basis)
  • Exchange rates of local currency to US$
  • Change in weighted average seaborne thermal coal cost from 2013 to 2018 (US$/tonne, real 2013 basis)

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