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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Indonesian thermal coal output seen up by 8.3pct in 2012

Sunday, 04 Mar 2012

Reuters Recorder reported that thermal coal output in the world's top exporter Indonesia is seen rising 8.3% in 2012 as miners increase production to take advantage of strong prices.

Mr Bob Kamandanu chairman of the Indonesian Coal Mining Association said that Indonesia's thermal coal production will be 390 million tonnes in 2012 versus 360 million tonnes in 2011.

Mr Kamandanu had previously estimated 2011 coal output at 354 million tonnes, up from 320 million tonnes in 2010.

Australian thermal coal on the globalCOAL Newcastle index, the benchmark for Asian coal, closed at AUD 116.55 a tonne on March 2nd 2012.

Weaker demand has kept a lid on thermal coal prices in recent months, after prices plummeted from a high of over USD 125 tonne seen in the first quarter of 2011. Most Indonesian coal is mined in East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and South Sumatra.

The archipelago of 17,000 Islands produces mainly low grade coal, used predominantly in emerging markets, with top importers being China, India and South Korea.

Both India and China have launched aggressive and ambitious plans to ramp up power supplies in the coming years.

Source - Reuters

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