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Coal keeps South Africa ‘alive’, says Prevost

MIDDELBURG – XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost has called for the continued support of coal in South Africa, especially considering that the commodity is what keeps the country, and its mining industry, “alive”.

Speaking at the inaugural Coal Mining Symposium, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, on Thursday, he told delegates that coal played a vital role in meeting global energy needs and that it was critical to infrastructure development.

About 37% of the world’s electricity and 74% of the world’s steel was produced from coal, he pointed out.

However, owing to the growing shift in the energy sector towards renewable energy as a means to combat climate change, he lamented that, globally, investment in new capital projects in the coal industry had declined.

“[Owing to this] and the attacks against coal, people don’t want to invest in new mines.”

Meanwhile, he noted that South Africa had produced about 258-million tonnes of coal in 2018 and that the coal industry had generated sales of R145-billion in 2017/18, with export sales accounting for about R73-billion and domestics sales accounting for about R72-billion.

In comparison, the gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) sectors generated sales of R69-billion and R104-billion, respectively, in 2017/18.

Exports were, however, expected to decrease this year owing to a “difficult international market”, Prevost added.

Published by Mining Weekly, 5 September 2019

This month's top international coal headlines

  • Vessels sitting on water outside RBCT — Platts CTI
  • SA bids continues to “roof through” — Platts CTI
  • Cheaper South African coal lures Indian buyers — Platts CTI
  • Unpredictability reigns in SA market — Platts CTI
  • RB prices to steady after last week’s fall from 11-month highs
    — South African Coal Report
  • Minergy's quest for new SA buyers elusive amid market downturn
    — South African Coal Report
  • South African price assessed flat as rainfall impacts market — Platts CTI
  • Weather delays export activity in South Africa — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal prices continue to slide — Platts CTI
  • Menar’s R7bn coal project pipeline adds 5 600 jobs — Mining Weekly
  • High South Africa prices deters buyers — Platts CTI
  • Colombia, Australia origin thermal coal makes inroads into India: sources
    — Platts CTI
  • Eskom woes could trigger more South African exports next year — IHS Markit
  • South African export market closes in on 2019 high — Platts CTI
  • Bid $30 higher than two earlier CIF ARA deals — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic Basin thermal coal prices head in opposite directions on strong South African bids — Platts CTI
  • Beijing calls for higher LT contracts volumes for coal — Mysteel.net
  • CME Nov thermal coal volumes rise 9% on year to 32.5Mt — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal markets relatively sluggish, worries circulate for China's import strength — Platts CTI
  • RB prices set to ease from 11-month highs after Dec expiry
    — South African Coal Report
  • FOB Richards Bay bids down $16/mt since Friday — Platts CTI
  • SA Oct coal exports hit 2019 high at 7.12Mt: customs — Platts CTI
  • Menar restates national-interest coal offer to Eskom — Mining Weekly

2019 archive

November 2019
  • Richards Bay rally boosts all grades thanks to Indian sponge iron buyers
    — South African Coal Report
  • South African coal bid at $100/t — Platts CTI
  • Coal remains 'critical' to global electricity mix: World Coal Association
    — Platts CTI
  • South Africa bids to hit $100/mt Friday: source — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal market stays quiet amid lack of buyers — Platts CTI
  • India absorbs Newcastle coal — Platts CTI
  • South Africa bid levels $30 higher on month — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay prices hold well above $90/t — Platts CTI
  • South African thermal coal prices itself out of key market India — Platts CTI
  • Despite talk of coal’s demise, it still powers the world — Bloomberg
  • South African market remains uncompetitive — Platts CTI
  • SA bidding activity "relentless" — Platts CTI
  • Indian buyers pivot away from South African coal — Platts CTI
  • Coal: Is this the beginning of the end? — BBC News
  • Fossil fuel polluters from US to China far off climate targets: UN — Reuters
  • India not responsible for climate change: Javadekar — Outlook India
  • Germany’s coal exit talks founder on compensation dispute — Bloomberg
  • South African prices continue to rally — Platts CTI
  • FOB South Africa prices maintain momentum — Platts CTI
  • CIL to Open 55 New Coal Mines in 5 Years — Steel Guru
  • China's appetite for coal power returns despite climate pledge — The Guardian
  • South Korea plans to shut down up to 15 coal-fired power plants this winter
    — Reuters
  • South Africa trades at nine-month high — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market remains depressed as South Africa continues to rally — Platts CTI
  • Buyers step back from South African thermal coal exports on surging prices
    — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal price remains largely unchanged amid overflowing ARA stockpiles — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay prices to test fresh 8-month highs — South African Coal Report
  • Vessel queue at South Africa’s Richards Bay swells on increased demand
    — Platts cFlow
  • European thermal coal markets succumbs to 'weakness across wider energy complex' — Platts CTI
  • Seaborne thermal coal market faces undersupply risk in 2020 – Noble (MCR)
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Richard Bay trades at 8-month high; NW Europe struggles
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South Africa better supported by Asia demand — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market moves sideways on no demand
    — Platts CTI
  • Tepid Indian demand — Platts CTI
  • SA lacks buying interest — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal price flat on day amid unsupportive fundamentals
    — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market remains stable with bleak sentiment on weak demand — Platts CTI
  • Global annual thermal coal demand flat at 5.4 billion t, possibly to 6.4 billion t by 2040: IEA — Platts CTI
  • SA government ups pressure for lower Eskom prices, worrying industry
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Anglo American expects lower South African thermal coal exports for 2020
    — Platts CTI
  • Asian seaborne thermal coal buyers cautious while bid, offer gaps remain wide — Platts CTI
  • Germany plans 4 GW hard coal closure auction in 2020: draft law — Platts CTI
  • RB prices to test 6-month highs as demand shores up
    — South African Coal Report
  • Africa stands by fossil fuels push to underpin growth — Platts CTI
  • South Africa coal well-bid on industrial dispute — Platts CTI
  • European coal prices fall at start of week; South Africa trades higher
    — Platts CTI
  • Africa's energy future matters for the world, says IEA report — African Review
  • China expected to set annual cap on coal imports at 300Mt, industry leader says — Bloomberg
  • Early vote count at BHP AGM suggests call to exit coal lobby groups fails
    — Reuters
  • European thermal coal market ends week with additional price losses
    — Platts CTI
  • Asian thermal coal sellers look to Indian market as Chinese import curbs tighten — Platts CTI
  • Thermal coal dominates global energy mix despite low carbon transition: Capgemini — Platts CTI
  • South32 in deal to sell S African thermal coal business to Seriti — Platts CTI
  • RB prices may see small rebound on Indian demand
    — South African Coal Report
  • Market sources question SA demand — Platts CTI
  • Rising Indian stockpiles post Diwali dampen seaborne thermal coal deals
    — Platts CTI
  • South African mineworkers ‘prepare for strike’ this week: spokesman
    — Platts CTI
  • Mixed views on futures outlook — Platts CTI
  • SA September thermal coal exports down 13% on year to 6.07Mt — Platts CTI
  • European prices stutter; Richards Bay stabilises — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South Africa September thermal coal exports down 13% on year to 6.07 million mt: customs — Platts CTI
October 2019
  • South African prices under pressure — Platts CTI
  • Southeast Asian coal demand still resilient despite push for renewable energy — Platts CTI
  • Russia to overtake Indonesia as top exporter of thermal coal by 2040: IEA
    — Hellenic Shipping News
  • RB prices stay under pressure as Indian demand weak
    — South African Coal Report
  • Sasol hoses down speculation on sale of coal assets
    — South African Coal Report
  • European thermal coal outlook remains bleak through 2019, Asian hubs mixed: Perret — Platts CTI
  • Californians Learning That Solar Panels Don’t Work in Blackouts — Bloomberg
  • South African sellers hopeful on returning Indian demand — Platts CTI
  • Glencore Jan-Sep coal production up 8% on year to 104Mt — Platts CTI
  • Vuslat Bayoglu: Transnet is on the right track - and it's very good news — fin24
  • Collapse in coal prices distresses Indonesian miners, reports Bloomberg
    — World Coal
  • European thermal coal market outlook bleak as prices fall again — Platts CTI
  • Bearish mood for US, Colombian participants at Coaltrans event: sources
    — S&P Global Platts
  • Uptick in Richards Bay discounts — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal sentiment shows little sign of improving near term
    — Platts CTI
  • Global thermal coal markets 'bottom out' as supply contracts: consultancy
    — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay rally to slow as Indian buyers step aside
    — South African Coal Report
  • IRP maintains coal as fulcrum of energy policy — IHS Markitt
  • Using coal slurry at Eskom hits a briquette wall — Business Day
  • European thermal coal prices fall as industry event keeps market silent
    — Platts CTI
  • Indian thermal coal buyers eye Indonesian cargoes amid rising Richards Bay prices — Platts CTI
  • Coal to remain king in South Africa’s new long-term energy policy — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay surges on Indian buying, NW Europe struggles
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South African producers embrace exports again as optimism returns
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South Africa price rally continues — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal prices subdued while South Africa rallies — Platts CTI
  • South32’s SAEC maintains 2019-20 output forecast — Platts CTI
  • Transnet line closure not affecting South African market — Platts CTI
  • Coal is still the mainstay, climate debate needs reformulation: Power minister RK Singh — Financial Express
  • Atlantic thermal coal price rises just 25 cents on day amid uncertainty as to direction — Platts CTI
  • RB rally continues into third week with five-month high prices
    — South African Coal Report
  • South African sellers await Indian demand — Platts CTI
  • End world's 'coal addiction' to avert climate devastation, UN chief says
    — Reuters
  • NETL: Coal Chemical Looping Combustion Closer to Commercialization
    — Powermag
  • No Need for Energy Poverty — RealClearEnergy
  • South Africa awaits return of Indian buyers — Platts CTI
  • Sasol may be selling its SA coal business — BusinessLIVE
  • The high price of coal connections — Mail & Guardian
  • Demand for S African material eases — Platts CTI
  • Negative sentiment reigns in Atlantic thermal coal market, demand weak
    — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal price finds buy-side support at current levels
    — Platts CTI
  • Indian thermal coal buyers eye arbitrage opportunities at high-CV origins
    — Platts CTI
  • Another Gupta entity’ – Hundreds march to Melrose Arch over Mpumalanga mining deal — The Citizen
  • South African buying interest halted by current offered price — Platts CTI
  • Cabinet to decide on new energy outlook policy — South African Coal Report
  • Eskom must curb wastage to ease debt — South African Coal Report
  • RB prices eyes fresh 2-month highs on Indian demand
    — South African Coal Report
  • S Africa sees positive sentiment as buying increases — Platts CTI
  • South Africa domestic prices to rise as majors eye exports again, Minergy
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South African govt in talks with coal miners to cut prices for cash-strapped Eskom — Reuters
  • Coal may be dying, but growth in the seaborne market says not yet — Reuters
  • No future without Eskom’, says Mabuza — Mining Weekly
  • Fully committed to undertakings on climate, Minerals Minister
    — Mining Weekly
  • Patchy demand fundamentals keep Indian thermal coal trades at bay — Platts
  • CME Sep thermal coal volumes fall 1% on year to 35.7Mt — Platts CTI
  • Jobs, foreign revenue generation and energy security need careful consideration in any ‘just transition’ discussions — Menar Press Release
  • RB prices may gain amid budding Indian interest — South African Coal Report
September 2019
  • Coal India aims to displace up to 45Mtpa of coal imports
    — The Economic Times
  • BC’s Carbon Engineering secures $68-million to commercialize CO2-removal technology — The Globe and Mail
  • EU states agree to delay 'green' investment guide, leave it open to nuclear, coal — Reuters
  • Climate Change Not A Top Priority, New Poll Finds — InsideSources
  • Newcastle coal faces competition from South Africa — Platts CTI
  • SA market awaits Indian buyers — Platts CTI
  • Coal still king in Southeast Asia’s power market — World Coal
  • ZAC to grow domestic and global anthracite market — Mining Review Africa
  • Uptick in Indian interest for South African cargoes — Platts CTI
  • Discounts for South African thermal coal widen as Indian demand remains lackluster — Platts CTI
  • Mozambican coking coal project offered for sale — IHS McCloskey
  • How syndicates with big fleet of trucks steal tons of coal — SA Trucker
  • Coal-fired power crucial to global energy mix through next decade
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Atlantic decline weighs heavily on 2019 thermal coal volume
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South Africa expecting firmer Indian demand from November — Platts CTI
  • South Africa’s energy transition risks amplified by high exposure to slowing Indian coal market — Mining Weekly
  • Cabinet considers, but fails to approve, IRP update — Engineering News
  • What the failed Glencore-Tohoku coal talks mean for the market — Reuters
  • Fossil fuel divestment has ‘zero’ climate impact, says Bill Gates
    — The Financial Times
  • South African prices pulled lower by futures — Platts CTI
  • South African market awaits Indian, Pakistan demand — Platts CTI
  • RB prices may take a breather after two-week rally
    — South African Coal Report
  • Minister Mantashe backs Seriti’s move for South32 assets
    — South African Coal Report
  • Dubai firm leads bid for South African coal mines — Arabian Business
  • Researchers Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Energy — The Engineer
  • Coal divestment hits South Africa — Mail & Guardian
  • Thermal Coal in Asia: The Real Risks for Investors — World Coal
  • RBCT coal exports edge higher in August — Argus Media
  • Thermal coal buyers cautious over China’s import quota — Platts CTI
  • Asian thermal coal to feel impact if European price rally continues: sources
    — Platts CTI
  • South Africa export prices edge higher — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal price trades to multi-month high as rally continues
    — Platts CTI
  • Price slump threatens viability of coal projects — AFR
  • Full Steam Ahead: China’s Coal-Fired Power Surge Continues At Full-Tilt
    — Stop These Things
  • Rest of year outlook hinges on China — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay prices to steady after recovering from 3-year lows
    — South African Coal Report
  • Indian demand scant — Platts CTI
  • Surface mining market to see long-term growth and forecast 2020
    — World Coal
  • Solar farms switch off en masse as coal plants flex their muscle in Queensland — RenewEconomy
  • Coal keeps South Africa ‘alive’, says Prevost — Mining Weekly
  • RBCT prices may rebound from 3-year lows as prompt month rolls
    — South African Coal Report
  • South Africa July thermal coal exports fall 3% to 4.94Mt: customs — Platts CTI
August 2019
  • Despite assertions coal mining is on the brink, some argue it will be a key sector for SA for decades — Mining Weekly
  • South Africa producers sell more to stable domestic market — IHS McCloskey
  • South Africa physical prices offered lower — Platts CTI
  • Seriti may turn to equipment makers as coal IPOs shunned — Bloomberg
  • South African export price pushed lower by futures — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal cargoes spill into Indian market — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay prices to steady near 3-year lows this week
    — South African Coal Report
  • South32 to exit SA thermal business as Seriti emerges winner
    — South African Coal Report
  • Eskom Could Sell Coal Power Plants, SA Treasury Says — Bloomberg
  • Richards Bay prices to steady near 3-year lows this week
    — South African Coal Report
  • IRP must strike “correct energy balance”- Mantashe
    — South African Coal Report
  • Fossil Fuels: Still Winning — IER
  • Prices slide further in Atlantic thermal coal markets — Platts CTI
  • Eskom Board Member Says South Africa at Risk of Power Outages
    — Bloomberg
  • Moody's changes coal industry outlook to negative as export prices weaken
    — World Coal
  • South32 in talks to sell S African Energy Coal; lowers production guidance
    — Platts CTI
  • Eskom in coal price suicide as demand spurs costs — IOL
  • Sellers zero in on Indian thermal coal market amid intense competition
    — Platts CTI
  • Weakening rupee dampens India’s seaborne interest — Platts CTI
  • Coal industry stakes survival on carbon capture plan — Financial Times
  • Weak demand fundamentals keep thermal coal buyers at bay — Platts CTI
  • Glencore coal split could scratch multiple itches — Breakingviews
  • Coal, Business Interests Support EPA in Legal Challenge to Affordable Clean Energy Rule — InsideSources
  • Coal may be dying, but growth in the seaborne market says not yet: Russell
    — Reuters
  • South African high-CV prices better supported — Platts CTI
  • European Blended Price displays unsustainable thermal coal market
    — Platts CTI
  • RB prices could test 3-year lows on weak Indian demand
    — South African Coal Report
  • Anglo to exit thermal coal sooner rather than later
    — South African Coal Report
  • S. Africa exports set to decline due to funding issues – industry exec
    — South African Coal Report
  • Minergy ramps up output at new Botswana mine — South African Coal Report
  • July thermal coal derivatives up 25% on year to 76.1Mt: LEBA — Platts CTI
  • China import controls spread, but market fears worst is yet to come
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Eskom to pay sharply more for coal, threatening SA exports
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South African coal waits on Indian buyers — Platts CTI
  • South African discount rates yet to move — Platts CTI
  • Key prices all fall — Platts CTI
  • Wind forecasts bearish for coal futures — Platts CTI
  • Current index levels unsustainable — Platts CTI
  • Oversupplied coal market could improve after summer months — Platts CTI
  • Low gas prices and weak demand continue to put pressure on European thermal coal markets — Platts CTI
  • RB prices under pressure from weak Newcastle, subdued India — Platts CTI
  • Eskom sees surge in coal costs for second straight year
    — South African Coal Report
  • Rupee depreciation dampens Indian seaborne demand
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Lignite takes lion's share in German generation mix for fourth week in row
    — Platts CTI
  • Glencore coal split could scratch multiple itches – Breakingviews
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets driven lower by gas in week ended Friday
    — Platts CTI
  • From construction industry to GM in mining sector — Mining Weekly
  • Glencore's African assets underperform — Mining Weekly
  • Wescoal concludes CSA with Eskom over Moabsvelden — Engineering News
  • Increased S Africa thermal coal exports create short-term tightness
    — Platts CTI
July 2019
  • South Africa H1 2019 coal exports flat at 38.4Mt: customs — Platts CTI
  • Oversupplied ARA thermal coal market, weak demand keeps cargoes unsold: sources — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay may come under pressure amid falling Newcastle — Platts CTI
  • European energy markets trend lower with coal futures — Platts CTI
  • Oversupplied European thermal coal market sees prices fall — Platts CTI
  • Stampede in Newcastle 6,000 NAR market sends prices crashing — Platts CTI
  • Coal is critical to enabling South Africa’s stability and future growth
    — World Coal
  • Futures lose on the back of curve — Platts CTI
  • South Africa trading activity slows down — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay discounts — Platts CTI
  • Indian buyers keep South African prices rangebound — Platts CTI
  • IRP to be out of date by time of Cabinet approval as a result of protracted talks — Engineering News
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets bolstered by European energy — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay prices set to test two month highs this week — Platts CTI
  • Op-Ed: Climate change, a different point of view — ESI Africa
  • Futures rise sharply Friday — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets expect downward price correction after recent rally — Platts CTI
  • Anglo American Q2 coal production totals 15.3 million mt, up 14%: South African thermal up 3% — Platts CTI
  • European energy complex dictates coal futures — Platts CTI
  • Industry and campaigners spar over S. Africa's carbon tax — Mail & Guardian
  • Atlantic thermal coal prices rise alongside higher freight — Platts CTI
  • Final energy outlook plan likely by September — South African Coal Report
  • Financial markets drag South African prices lower — Platts CTI
  • Glencore’s green rebrand a complex brew for governments, society, and shareholders – MiningMX
  • South Africa to finalise energy outlook plan (IRP) by Sept
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Foresight founder Chris Cline dies in helicopter crash — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Higher seaborne thermal coal freight weighs on FOB prices — Platts CTI
  • Coal market sources remain positive despite China's focus on renewables
    — Platts CTI
  • Germany exits coal: A model for Asia? — Platts CTI
  • RBCT ready to increase shipments — Platts CTI
  • Mineral resources budget prioritises exploration, beneficiation, licensing
    – Mining Weekly
  • India eyes South African cargoes post-maintenance — Platts CTI
  • Pakistan thermal coal prices spurred upward by wider seaborne markets
    — Platts CTI
  • Futures move higher, South Africa FOB trades again — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay spot prices hit 7-week high — Platts CTI
  • Price rises in European thermal coal market offers much-wanted bullish sentiment — Platts CTI
  • South African coal returns after railway maintenance — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal prices continue upward trend with more positive sentiment — Platts CTI
  • South Africa continues run of spot trades — Platts CTI
  • Value of Australian coal exports tipped to decline sharply over next 18 months — The Guardian
  • Carbon and Carbon Dioxide: Clearing Up the Confusion: Let’s restore common sense to our public policy debates on energy and climate — HACER
  • Spot deals in CIF ARA and FOB Richards Bay markets — Platts CTI
  • South African May thermal coal exports rise 5% to 6.61Mt: customs
    — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets start week higher — Platts CTI
June 2019
  • President eases restrictions on coal-fired power plants — WSIL-TV
  • Rail maintenance could support Richards Bay prices — Platts CTI
  • South Africa’s TFR to conduct 10-day annual shutdown of coal line — Platts CTI
  • Futures trade higher, South African prices follow — Platts CTI
  • Coal: Renewable energy is not ready for primetime — News and Sentinel
  • The Elephant in the Room: Lack of Warming and the Eastern Coal Rampage
    — Townhall
  • Weaning US power sector off fossil fuels would cost $4.7 trillion: study
    — Reuters
  • South African Minerals and Energy Minister priority to protect coal from renewables: analyst — Platts CTI
  • South African prices follow futures downward — Platts CTI
  • More spot deals in South African export market — Platts CTI
  • Lower coal futures brings down South African prices — Platts CTI
  • Global market faces "significant oversupply" — IHS Markit
  • Spot activity in South African FOB market — Platts CTI
  • Mozambique Gas Riches Near as $25 Billion LNG Plant Approved — Bloomberg
  • South African prices rise in-line with futures market — Platts CTI
  • American Coal Council issues statement on EPA's ACE rule — World Coal
  • SA’s $16bn Eskom pledge threatens future of lower CV exports — IHS Markit
  • Physical prices gains in Europe, South Africa — Platts CTI
  • Upcoming rail maintenance boost South African prices — Platts CTI
  • Traders struggle to conclude fresh deals in Atlantic thermal coal market
    — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay prices lose momentum after strong June start — Platts CTI
  • Maatla Energy looks to buy Jindal’s Botswana coal project
    — South African Coal Report
  • South African prices driven by financial markets — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal prices open week with fresh multi-year lows — Platts CTI
  • South Africa Defends Use of Coal as It Seeks Progress on Climate — Bloomberg
  • Reflecting on WCA’s “powering Asia” conference — World Coal
  • Coal to remain stressed amid high stocks, poor producer discipline
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • How the US Is Investing in Advanced Coal Technologies — Powermag
  • CIF ARA futures trend lower, South African prices edge up — Platts CTI
  • Research And Markets.com adds new report on South African coal to its portfolio — World Coal
  • Coal consolidates in Asia which is a boost for Australia, according to BP Report — World Coal
  • Ongoing development and co-operation of CCUS critical to reducing emissions — World Coal
  • In Coal We Trust: The Need For Coal Power In Asia — Forbes
  • Indian demand subdued — Platts CTI
  • South Africa’s coal industry stands to gain from Ramaphosa win — IHS Markit
  • South African prices fall on financial markets — Platts CTI
  • Uptick in Richards Bay prices — Platts CTI
  • High carbon taxes increase likelihood of future no-coal records, reports EnAppSys — World Coal
  • Existing coal-fired plants are less costly than new electricity sources
    — World Coal
  • US to extract REEs from coal ash in bid to escape Chinese dominance?
    — World Coal
  • Demand for Richards Bay cargoes inch positive — Platts CTI
  • Destination of South32’s SA thermal coal assets may turn on size of the premium — MiningMX
  • Limited Richards Bay trades to India — Platts CTI
  • India demand tepid — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal price approaches three-year low — Platts CTI
  • Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel – Mining Weekly
  • Calling climate change ‘catastrophic’ makes it harder to find real answers
    — Bjorn Lomborg
  • RB prices to hover near 3-year lows on weak Asian demand — IHS Markit
  • South African prices pulled lower by futures — Platts CTI
May 2019
  • Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister — Engineering News
  • Domestic market continue to be stale, overseas prices ‘a train wreck’
    — IHS Markit
  • Bad fundamentals keep Atlantic thermal coal markets at bay — Platts CTI
  • India interest muted — Platts CTI
  • Waning Indian demand for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • Strike avoided at Richards Bay Coal Terminal — Platts CTI
  • South African prices pulled lower by futures — Platts CTI
  • Indian market seeks price discounts for Australian high ash cargoes
    — Platts CTI
  • Government unlikely to be able to force coal investments — IHS Markit
  • European carbon costs deliver final blow to British Steel — IHS Markit
  • Guest opinion: Utilities warn of threat to U.S. power grid — Deseret News
  • Limited 5,500 kcal/kg NAR South African cargoes — Platts CTI
  • Absent spot demand pushes Atlantic thermal coal prices lower — Platts CTI
  • We demonise coal at our very real socio-economic peril — BusinessLIVE
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets lose ground on bear fundamentals — Platts CTI
  • Growing supply depresses Asia thermal coal prices — Platts CTI
  • Outlook for European thermal coal weak through to end-2019: industry event — Platts CTI
  • Trade heard in Richards Bay market — Platts CTI
  • South African mid-cv arbitrage widens — Platts CTI
  • RB prices could get support from growing Indian interest
    — South African Coal Report
  • Energy roadmap expected shortly — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets begin week with sharp price losses — Platts CTI
  • Coal's Collapse Crowns Winners and Losers From China to the US
    — Mining.com
  • Global energy investment steady in 2018, but there's trouble ahead
    — International Energy Agency
  • Proposal for a German coal phase-out — Energy Transition
  • Release of updated IRP imminent, says Radebe, as he allays coal producers' fears — Engineering News
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets trend lower on poor demand — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal prices fall as weak fundamentals linger — Platts CTI
  • Chinese currency plunge spreads gloom in Asian thermal coal market
    — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets continue to wait for price recovery — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA, FOB Richards Bay physical prices fall — Platts CTI
  • Pakistan thermal coal market anticipates downward price movement in near term — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets continue downtrend — Platts CTI
  • Second 900 MW unit at Opole synchronised — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets begin week with unchanged fundamentals
    — Platts CTI
  • Germany faces power supply crunch in winter 2022 – analyst — Montel
  • Supply tightness creeps in on South African coal — Platts CTI
  • The Reason Renewables Can't Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To — Forbes
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets weak despite pricing gains — Platts CTI
  • Is exponential growth of solar PV the obvious conclusion — IEA
  • The World Bank Must Change Course — Bjorn Lomborg
  • Why Renewables Can't Save the Planet — Quillette
  • Indian thermal coal buyers seek out South African amid arbitrage — Platts CTI
  • Troubled Zimbabwean colliery eyes metcoal as lifeline
    — South African Coal Report
  • Richards Bay off-spec shores up on emerging South Asian demand
    — South African Coal Report
  • ANC wants banks to be forced to fund South African coal mines
    — Engineering News
  • Sweden’s Lack of Electricity Capacity Is Threatening Growth — Bloomberg
  • Activists slam South Africa's decision to pump water to coal mines
    — Bloomberg
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets turn to Asia amid poor European demand
    — Platts CTI
  • South African prices favorable for Indian buyers — Platts CTI
  • European, South African physical prices rise — Platts CTI
  • CME April thermal coal derivatives volumes drop 1.6% on year to 29.01Mt
    — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal prices recover although fundamentals still weak
    — Platts CTI
  • Deer Run, other Illinois Basin mines could change coal market dynamics
    — S&P Global
  • South Africa's March coal exports down 1.2% on year at 7.08Mt — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets face lack of spot demand — Platts CTI
April 2019
  • Increased Asian demand expected to boost Atlantic prices: sources
    — Platts CTI
  • Firmer demand for South African coal — Platts CTI
  • Indian demand boost for South African coals — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market trades rangebound on weak global sentiment — Platts CTI
  • India seeks South African coal amid tight supply — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market sources see little room for near-term recovery — Platts CTI
  • Domestic arbitrage in South Africa — Platts CTI
  • Behind the Green New Deal: An elite war on the working class
    — New York Post
  • A Cup Half Full: Answering the Question “Why Coal and How Coal?”
    — American Coal Council
  • China's Far From Done With Coal as Regulator Eases New Plant Ban
    — Bloomberg
  • Trump's Latest Idea to Help Coal Is Mini Power Plants — Bloomberg
  • Green Deals Won’t Save the World, But Access to Energy Will
    — RealClearEnergy.org
  • SA’s coal output steadies at 252Mt in 2018, prices up — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Global thermal coal market at risk of oversupply — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Supply tightness lifts SA off-spec export prices, Eskom buying
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South Africa prices also rise on-day — Platts CTI
  • South African thermal coal prices continued to rise after Monday's gains
    — Platts CTI
  • South African prices find more support — Platts CTI
  • South African coal sold out on domestic consumption — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market continues bearish run — Platts CTI
  • Mantashe urges continued investment in clean coal tech — Mining Weekly
  • CIF ARA, FOB Richards Bay prices rise on week — Platts CTI
  • Limited upside for Atlantic thermal coal prices despite on-week gains
    — Platts CTI
  • Choices for India — Platts CTI
  • South African, Australian physical markets lose ground — Platts CTI
  • Negative sentiment prevails in Atlantic thermal coal markets — Platts CTI
  • South African 2018 coal output steadies at 252Mt — South African Coal Report
  • Gains in off-spec FOB Richards Bay prices — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal price ticks up, sentiment still bearish — Platts CTI
  • No, renewables are not taking over the world — Bjorn Lomborg
  • Overheating About Global Warming — Bjorn Lomborg
  • Climate change: 'Magic bullet' carbon solution takes big step — BBC
  • Coal prices plunge as global energy dynamics whip up perfect storm
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • India turns attention to South African thermal coal away from Indonesian volumes — Platts CTI
  • South32 begins sale process for South African thermal coal operations
    — Mining Technology
  • Physical CIF ARA, FOB Richards Bay prices hit fresh lows — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets see no end in sight for dramatic price falls
    — Platts CTI
  • World economic forum admits benefits of CO2 — CO2 Coalition
  • The “New Energy Economy”: An Exercise in Magical Thinking — CO2 Coalition
  • Botswana's Minergy on track to supply coal to SA in 2019 — Business Live
  • Richards Bay plumbs fresh 2-½-year lows in buyer’s market — IHS Markit
  • South African supply seen a favorable option in near term — Platts CTI
  • South Africa Feb coal exports recover 40% to 6.82Mt: customs — Platts CTI
March 2019
  • "The end of the coal age" is nowhere in sight — Count on Coal
  • Global Energy & CO2 Status Report — IEA
  • Indonesian coal faces uphill struggle to diversify exports away from China
    — Global Platts
  • Mining of continued importance to Australia’s economy — World Coal
  • Wood Mackenzie comments on China's thermal coal import restriction
    — World Coal
  • EIA: US Coal exports reached five year high in 2018 — World Coal
  • GE Steam Power helps CPHGC in Pakistan reach power plant milestone three months early — World Coal
  • Energy policies should be technology neutral so as not to damage Australia’s economy — World Coal
  • We're finally told what the carbon tax will cost us. Are you sitting down?
    — Financial Post
  • South African coal still a cheaper option — Platts CTI
  • Longer-term coal prices seen as resilient but falling new mine investment limits supply — Platts
  • Construction of coal-fired power plants rising in China: report — Platts CTI
  • What is the future of coal? — Mining Review Africa
  • South African prices more stable, deals to Pakistan — Platts CTI
  • World Coal Association response to IEA Global Energy & CO2 Status Report 2018 — WCA
  • Coal industry has to choose: exports or local supply? — Business Day
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets pushed into steeper contango as poor demand drags on — Platts CTI
  • Global coal demand up 0.7% in 2018, largely due to Asia: IEA — Platts
  • Richards Bay drops to 2-½ year low on weak demand, supply glut — IHS Markit
  • Generation margins rise in Germany on power price hike; fall in UK
    — IHS Markit
  • Global coal market seen well-placed for next decade, despite challenges
    — IHS Markit
  • Asia will contribute 49% of global petrochemical capacity additions by 2030, says GlobalData — Energy Global
  • Coaltrans Cairo: Coal is not phased out in the Middle East — World Coal
  • Bilateral trade reported at $69.10/mt in FOB Richards Bay market — Platts CTI
  • Indian buyers turn to South African thermal coal amid tight petcoke supply
    — Platts CTI
  • Are Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants Less Expensive Than New Gas, Wind or Solar? — American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
  • Supporting the Next Generation Of Coal-Fuelled Power Plants
    — American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
  • Boiler-tube leaks playing big role in rise of unplanned losses to over 12 000MW — Mining Weekly
  • Suez Canal charges advantageous for South African sellers — Platts CTI
  • Future thermal coal demand from power sector limited in Middle East and North Africa: sources — Platts CTI
  • Why solar and wind power are ruinously expensive — Bizcommunity.com
  • South African thermal coal prices drop on physical deal — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay hits 21-month low with no bottom in sight — SACR
  • FOB Richards Bay priced at $59.50/mt — Platts CTI
  • “The Surprisingly Sustainable Case for Coal” — World Coal Association
  • Commentary: The mysterious case of disappearing electricity demand — IEA
  • Coal industry struggles with lack of capital, negative public perception — Platts
  • World Coal Association response to Glencore announcement — Mining Weekly
  • Coal will continue to be key resource for decades — Mining Weekly
  • Indonesian coal faces uphill struggle to diversify exports away from China
    — Platts
  • S Africa’s Exxaro achieves record coal production, sales in 2018 — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay follows futures market upward — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market anticipates further Australian flows — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay prices under pressure from cheaper Australian coal — IHS Markit
  • South32 shortlists bidders for South African coal assets — IHS Markit
  • World Energy Outlook 2018 — IEA
  • Scientists at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology turn carbon dioxide back into carbon — World Coal
  • Atlantic thermal coal market sources look outside of Europe for deals
    — Platts CTI
  • Egypt’s Jan-Feb thermal coal volumes top 1Mt, up 40.9%: shipping data
    — Platts CTI
  • New black-empowered miner Sibambene Coal searching for assets
    — Engineering News
  • Faking It on Climate Change — Bjørn Lomborg
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets rangebound with bearish sentiment — Platts CTI
  • New technologies, not Paris climate agreement, will do the job
    — Financial Times
  • Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet — Quillette
  • Richards Bay rally to cool after loadings return to normal
    — South African Coal Report
  • Community unrest interrupts coal output at Mpumalanga
    — South African Coal Report
  • Colombia loses some share to Russia, South Africa — Platts CTI
  • Glencore’s watershed on coal — BusinessLIVE
  • America Should Better Utilize Advanced Coal — Forbes
  • Does it really make sense to build a new coal power plant today?
    — Emerging Europe
  • Green New Deal is more of a disaster — register-herald.com
  • SA Jan thermal coal exports hit 18-month low of 4.87Mt — Platts CTI
  • Atlantic thermal coal markets suppressed by weak demand — Platts CTI
February 2019
  • FOB Richards Bay trade at $83/mt — Platts CTI
  • Russian thermal coal offered aggressively into ARA — Platts CTI
  • Pakistan South African coal remained the main source to the market
    — Platts CTI
  • Anglo wary of new thermal coal investments — South African Coal Report
  • CIF ARA thermal coal market sentiment starts week bearish, stocks still high
    — Platts CTI
  • Strange days for coal with Glencore's cap, China curbs: Russell — Reuters
  • Atlantic thermal coal market subdued by European complex, Asian demand
    — Platts CTI
  • Woodmac assesses Australian high CV thermal coal prices — World Coal
  • Mueller’s ‘Foreign Agent’ Prosecutions May Lead to Probes of Green Groups — The Daily Signal
  • First development pod completed at Lesedi 3 — World Coal
  • FOB Richards Bay trade at $82/mt — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay trades 50 cents lower — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market remains bearish in near term despite price rise — Platts CTI
  • FOB Richards Bay trade at $82.50/t — Platts CTI
  • European thermal coal market still bearish, no fresh utility demand
    — Platts CTI
  • Richards Bay trades higher after hitting 2-1/2yr low — Platts CTI
  • Pakistan traders buy Indonesian cargo, while South Africa prices fall
    — IHS Markit
  • Commentary: The mysterious case of disappearing electricity demand
    — International Energy Agency
  • DOE electricity chief belittles 'Green New Deal' goal — Greenwire
  • DOE to Invest Up to $9.5 Million to Create New Market Opportunities for Coal — Office of Fossil Energy
  • The role of coal in India’s energy ambitions — World Coal Association
  • FOB Richards Bay trades at $76.60/mt — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA futures fall, FOB Richards Bay trade — Platts CTI
  • A timely reminder of the essential value of coal power
    — The Tribune Democrat
  • King coal retreats in Europe, but still powers global growth — S&P Global Platts
  • High-CV Indonesian cargoes more competitive than South African — Platts CTI
  • Large off-spec discounts to become the norm this year in South Africa
    — IHS Markit
  • The ‘Green New Deal’ May Not Save Planet Earth, But It Could Rescue the Trump Campaign — InsideSources
  • SA coal prices under pressure from low demand, strong Indian stockpiles
    — Platts CTI
  • South African 4,800 kcal/kg NAR exports lose to domestic market
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • S. Africa failing to cash in on high prices, output steady at 253Mt
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South Africa promises to clear hurdles blocking mining investment
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • Wood Instead of Coal: More Foolishness from Radical Environmentalists
    — Western Journal
  • SA needs coal 'until at least 2040', panel argues — Fin24
  • The Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    — Journal of Economic Perspectives
  • Richards Bay volumes remain in terminal decline — Platts CTI
  • Report's sensational claim of 'climate breakdown' is catchy but untrue
    — Bjorn Lomborg
  • Australia: 2018 sees coal as number one — World Coal
  • Light trading Monday in bearish Atlantic thermal coal markets — Platts CTI
  • How South Africa could fix distressed Eskom — Bloomberg
  • Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain — Mining Weekly
  • S. African thermal coal producers highlight quality issues, balanced outlook
    — Platts CTI
January 2019
  • WCA responds to IPCC's Special Report on Global Warming — World Coal
  • Boost for international miners as India's thermal coal imports jump — Reuters
  • European thermal coal market responds slowly to German coal commission
    — Platts CTI
  • Can wind and solar replace fossil fuels? — Watts Up With That?
  • Why a Green Deal Is No Bargain at All — LifeZette
  • Coal Remains a Dominant Global Fuel in IEA Forecasts
    — Institute for Energy Research
  • Coal Isn't Dead. China Proves It. — Forbes
  • Accelerated coal exit could cost Germany up to 54 bln euros extra: study
    — Xinhua
  • A Cup Half Full: Answering the Question “Why Coal and How Coal?”
    — American Coal Council
  • Exxaro commits to R20 billion investment in South Africa
    — Mining Review Africa
  • CIF ARA coal prices rise again but outlook remains bearish — Platts CTI
  • RBCT coal exports decline — Mining Weekly
  • German industry warns on coal exit costs, calls for periodic reviews
    — Platts CTI
  • Low prices in European thermal coal market squeeze US, South African sellers — Platts CTI
  • Benchmark RB prices edge up, off-spec sentiment mixed — IHS Markit
  • Germany's 2019 hard coal imports seen rising after mining ends — Reuters
  • Indian demand for South African thermal coal weak into Q1: trade — Platts CTI
  • Eskom presentation in Durban focuses on coal and Independent Power Producers — Eskom Media Desk
  • South32’s thermal coal production slips 9% on year in Oct-Dec — Platts CTI
  • IEA sees global coal consumption steady until 2023 — McCloskey Coal Report
  • China uncertainty to weigh on 2019 thermal coal markets
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • South Africa Oct coal output steady on year at 22.7Mt
    — McCloskey Coal Report
  • S. Africa exports hit 14-month high above 8Mt in November — Platts CTI
  • White House sends EPA chief nomination to Senate as shutdown drags on
    — S&P Global Platts
  • Coal - king for another day — Mining Mirror
  • Late Eskom exec Mark van der Riet: How State Capture turned murderous
    — BizNews.com
  • Indian thermal coal buyers return for South African coal in December
    — Platts CTI
  • Demand low in CIF ARA thermal coal market amid high stocks — Platts CTI
  • Global coal demand set to remain stable through 2023, despite headwinds
    — International Energy Agency
  • The IPCC dismissed natural climate change risks
  • Business chamber asks Nersa to stop all new IPPs — Moneyweb
  • Jarrett: EPA proposal could cut coal emissions and boost fuel diversity
    — Farmington Daily Times
  • EPA Pushes for More Coal-Fired Power Under the Trump Administration
    — The Charleston Chronicle
  • Another climate summit means more expensive, ineffective promises
    — Bjørn Lomborg
  • Focus on climate change draws resources best used elsewhere
    — Bjørn Lomborg
  • Truth is the First Casualty of Global Warming — Bjørn Lomborg
  • FOB Richards Bay trade at $94/mt — Platts CTI
  • SA Nov thermal coal exports rise 13% on year to 7.9Mt: customs — Platts CTI
  • Futures tumble — Platts CTI
  • CIF ARA thermal coal market starts 2019 down 5 cents — Platts CTI

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