Given that China is considered to be one of the biggest coal buyer in global, its coal imports per year are estimated between 200 million and 300 million tons. According to the president of a top industry body, there is an allegation that the rate of shipments during the last two months of 2019 could slow down, setting new level standards for the following years.
The 2019 Global Gas Report focuses on today’s gas trends, on the key factors that explain the recent developments and what will be the future outcomes in the global gas sector; Thus, the report analyzes the advantages of natural gas in Europe and highlights how European countries take advantage of it to achieve their sustainability goals.
MOL announced a vessel design it calls ‘EeneX’, for a 90-type (90,000 DWT) next-generation coal carrier, developed in cooperation with Japanese shipyards. The vessel’s design aims to achieve safe, reliable and economically efficient transport of coal. MOL suggests the ‘EeneX’ brand under its concept of providing optimal, ‘stress-free’ transport service for customers and the environment.
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China decided to restrict its coal imports in 2019 in less than 2018’s levels. Drewry supports that this decision will dent demand for Panamaxes, but an ongoing tussle with Australia could be the silver lining. The Chinese government aims to curb the coal imports by 3-4% in 2019. This could result to a decline of approximately 10 million tonnes.
Port of Newcastle’s coal exports increased 5% during the first quarter of 2019, reaching 27.3m tonnes. Namely, March volumes rose 0.5m tonnes year on year to 9.1m tonnes, in spite of worries about customs delays that could affect exports to China. In comparison to February, March volumes were up by 0.2m tonnes. What is more, the number of ships awaiting to take delivery from the port reduced to five.
The possibility of a ban on Australian thermal coal to China got attention on the thermal coal marker in early March, because in February, five north-eastern ports in China implemented changes to clearance procedures for Australian thermal coal, as reported by Rory Simington, Principal Analyst, Asia Pacific Thermal Coal Research.
Although US coal consumption has generally declined since its 2008 peak, EIA expects that US coal exports reached 116 million short tons (MMst) in 2018, the highest level in five years, according to data collected by the US Census Bureau.
World Economic Forum discovered eight areas that are most likely to experience an advancement that result in serious impacts for the energy sector as a whole. Yet, the eight shifts could impact fossil fuel and result to its reduction. Today, due to climate change and the challenges the environment faces it is of a big importance for the industry to find solutions in additional renewables.
According to Reuters, Chinese coal traders have stopped ordering Australian coal as clearing times through China’s customs have doubled to at least 40 days, according to major buyers in China and international coal merchants, resulting in a sharp fall in Australian prices.
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