Coal markets: Limiting gas price upside in 2013

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In North American gas markets, the worst of times appear to be over. Winter weather has been relatively normal, and the latest gas production figures finally point to declines. Additionally, gas storage withdrawals and observable power-sector gas burns suggest continued strong gas-fired generation levels, even as gas prices have risen from less than $3.25/mmbtu in late February to about $3.90/mmbtu currently. These bullish storage draws have, in turn, pushed gas prices up further. But in...

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  • Chart 7. 2013 incremental coal-gas displacement by gas price range
  • Chart 8. Gas price outlook and risks
  • Chart 1. Delivered Southeast coal cost structure
  • Chart 2. Delivered Midwest coal cost structure
  • Chart 3. PRB production and Henry Hub prices
  • Chart 4. Distribution of implied PRB rail rates
  • Chart 5. Coal production growth (vs. 2007)
  • Chart 6. Coal production outlook


  • Table 1. Key characteristics of major coal-producing basins

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