Platts reported that most 2012 coal supply contracts between Australian producers and Japanese thermal coal consumers are settled.
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Sydney Morning Herald reported that dirty coal producers in Australia may be paid to shut down.
U.S. coal companies are looking to diversify. Just a few years ago the industry enjoyed a boom in coal-fired power plant development, but growing concern for global warming and rising construction costs gave natural gas and renewable-energy plants an edge.
There is surging demand in China, steel mills have restarted and Australian firms are struggling to fill orders for a metallurgical coal price rise to $160 a metric tonne from less than $100 a few months ago. People are also looking for freight from the US to China. Morgan Stanley analysts mention that there is spot price "momentum" toward $175 a tonne.
Rio Tinto recently gave a big break to JSW Steel Ltd. on an existing contract. The mining major’s move to cut its coking coal prices for the Indian company by 43 percent are a dark sign of things to come for coking coal miners.
There’s no denying the worldwide recession has led to global cutbacks in the demand for most commodities, coal included. Coal producers like Peabody Energy have been forced to curtail production as demand slumps from both the steel industry and the energy sector.
Along with most in the commodity sector, the coal industry will likely take a hit in 2009, but many analysts are confident that coal demand along with prices will rebound in 2010. As energy demand from developing countries like China and India recovers, we’ll once again see upward movement in the coal price.
As election day nears and the fate of each candidate rests on electorally important states such as Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Ohio—all of which are major coal producers—the campaigns are ramping up their rhetoric by focusing on clean coal energy production.