glosGlossary contains a list of abbreviations and terms frequently used in Polishcoaldaily publications.

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AGHAkademia Górniczo Hutnicza, University of Mining and Metallurgy.

ARA Antwerp/Rotterdam/Amsterdam. Major coal importing ports in northwest Europe.

ARPAgencja Rozwoju Przemysłu, Industrial Development Agency.

Capesize a ship of about 80,000+ DWT. A vessel which is too large to transit via the Panama Canal and thus has to sail via the Cape of Good Hope from Pacific to Atlantic and vice versa.

CCS technical term for ‘Carbon Capture and Storage’, the process which aims at capturing and storing CO2.

Coking coal hard coal type having a suitable quality to produce coke (mostly bituminous coal). Coking coal contains 20 to 60% of volatile matters.

Fossil fuels hard coal, lignite, oil and gas.

GIGGłówny Instytut Górnictwa, Central Mining Institute.

GIPHGórnicza Izba Przemysłowo-Handlowa, Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

GZWGórnośląskie Zagłębie Węglowe, Upper Silesian Coal Basin.

Handymax inexact term, but normally taken to mean a vessel of about 40-60,000 DWT.

Handysize – inexact term, but normally taken to mean a vessel of about 10-40,000 DWT.

IGSMiE PANInstytut Gospodarki Surowcami Mineralnymi i Energią Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

JSWJastrzębska Spółka Węglowa, largest coking coal producer in EU, state-owned, based in GZW.

KHWKatowicki Holding Węglowy, third largest hard coal producer in Poland, state-owned, with mines in GZW.

KWKompania Węglowa, the largest hard coal producer in EU, state-owned, based in GZW.

KWKKopalnia Węgla Kamiennego, hard coal mine.

Lignite solid fossil fuel of organic origin. Calorific value: 8–12,000 kJ/kg.

LWBLubelski Węgiel „Bogdanka”, private-owned mine based in LZW.

LZWLubelskie Zagłębie Węglowe, Lublin Coal Basin.

MEMinisterstwo Energetyki, Ministry of Energy.

MSP Ministerstwo Skarbu Państwa, Ministry of Treasury.

NKWNowa Kompania Węglowa, new concept of restructuring Kompania Węglowa’s mines to keep them economically viable.

Panamax – vessel of about 60-80,000 DWT. (Technically the maximum size vessel that can transit via the Panama Canal – restriction of 32.2 m beam.)

PGEPolska Grupa Energetyczna, energy producer, Polish largest coal consumer.

SRKSpółka Restrukturyzacji Kopalń, Mines Restructuring Company, responsible for liquidation of Polish mines and managing their assets.

Steam coal hard coal type used for power and heat generation. Important characteristic is the calorific value as well as the ash, water and sulphur content.