China to Boost Domestic Coal Production to Ensure Energy Security

China, the world’s largest coal consumer and producer, announced that it would boost domestic production to ensure its energy security. Newcastle thermal coal futures fell more than $US70 a tonne to $US335 a tonne on Friday night for the October ICE contract. China has been hard by its ill-thought-out trade war with Australia which put them behind the queue as record prices for top quality Australian hard coking coal were set regularly in June the price hit $US430 (AUD$595) a … Continue reading “China to Boost Domestic Coal Production to Ensure Energy Security”

Coal Consumption Rebounded to Near Record Highs as Primary Energy Consumption Soared in 2021

With the global economy recovering from the COVID economic shutdown energy was being consumed at record levels BP’s statistical review of world energy showed. Primary energy consumption reached an all-time high, with emerging economies accounting for most of the increase. With the failed transition policies which halted fossil fuel exploration and growth coal consumption rebounded sharply and was very close to its all-time high of 2013. This led to an explosion in energy prices around the world with coal and natural … Continue reading “Coal Consumption Rebounded to Near Record Highs as Primary Energy Consumption Soared in 2021”

US Share of Electricity Generation from Coal to Decline Further Despite Soaring Natural Gas Prices EIA Forecasts

The EIA in their June STEO expect the continued retirement of coal-fired generating capacity in the United States to see the share of electricity generation from coal to decline from 23% in 2021 to 21% in 2022 and to 20% in 2023. Despite surging natural gas prices constraints include limited rail capacity for fuel delivery, low coal stocks at power plants, reduced coal mining capacity, and rising generation from renewable sources. Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions globally.   The EIA … Continue reading “US Share of Electricity Generation from Coal to Decline Further Despite Soaring Natural Gas Prices EIA Forecasts”

Australia Current Account Surplus Twelfth Straight in Q1 2022 but Lowest Since Q4 2019

Australia posted a current account surplus that missed expectations of $13.2 billion significantly for the March quarter after it decreased by $5.7 billion to $7.5 billion (seasonally adjusted) in the March quarter. Import volumes far outstripped exports which took a slice out of economic growth. Higher dividend payments to non-residents as profits continued to rise on the back of higher commodity prices affected the deficit, “The current surplus narrowed for the third consecutive quarter and was the lowest since December … Continue reading “Australia Current Account Surplus Twelfth Straight in Q1 2022 but Lowest Since Q4 2019”

Australian Coking Coal Record High with Strong Demand in Korea and Japan

Record prices for top quality Australian hard coking coal were set three times in the past week. The price hit $US430 ($595) a tonne Wednesday, almost four times the price in May. Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions. Strong demand in Korea and Japan has fueled the rally over the past seven weeks. The prices were already pressured with Indonesia’s decision to ban coal exports. Further pressure on coal prices came from BHP, the world’s biggest coking … Continue reading “Australian Coking Coal Record High with Strong Demand in Korea and Japan”

Fitch Expects Asia LNG, US Henry Hub Natural Gas, Tin and Lithium to Average Higher in 2022

Fitch Solutions In its latest industry report expects Asia LNG, US Henry Hub natural gas, tin and lithium to average higher in 2022. Fitch expects most other global commodity prices to pull back in 2022 from current levels. Fitch Solutions expects strong prices in 2021 to incentivize production in 2022, in particular in agriculture. The energy crisis in Asia and Europe and the shift towards Electric vehicles puts a bid on related commodities for the most part. Fitch Solutions said developing … Continue reading “Fitch Expects Asia LNG, US Henry Hub Natural Gas, Tin and Lithium to Average Higher in 2022”

Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices

Australia posted a trade surplus of A$11.22 billion in October exceeding expectations for a surplus of A$11.0 billion. It was the smallest trade surplus since May, amid softening global demand as more countries battled with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Follows a downwardly revised A$11.82 billion trade surplus in September (from A$12.243 billion). Exports fell 3.0% m/m or A$1.491 billion to A$43.053 billion. Goods were down 3.0% and services fell 6.0% Imports also slipped 3.0 percent on month or A$887 … Continue reading “Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices”

With Natural Gas Prices Surging Private Equity Looking To Cash Out of Haynesville Assets

Haynesville is expected to produce a record 13.6 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), about 15% of U.S. shale gas output next month. Private equity firms are looking to sell companies and land they own to take advantage of surging natural gas prices.

US Coal Generation Increased For The First Time Since 2014 Due To Soaring Natural Gas Prices

The EIA in their STEO expect 22% more U.S.Coal Fired Generation in 2021 over 2020. The increase is from soaring higher natural gas prices. While Coal prices have risen unabatted with supply chain disruptions globally there have risen less than gas in the US.

Record High Chinese Coal Futures Prices After Biggest Coal Producing Region Floods

Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions, China has been particularly badly hit and that just got more critical. Floods closed 60 of the 682 coal mines in Shanxi province, 30% of China’s production.   Torrential rains has led to flooding and expanded mine shutdowns in China’s biggest coal producing region, Shanxi province. In a market already squeezing higher this latest news sent Thermal coal futures to a new intraday record after trading opened Monday. Beijing is ina … Continue reading “Record High Chinese Coal Futures Prices After Biggest Coal Producing Region Floods”