Article in bi monthly Biuletyn Gorniczy by Polishcoaldaily’s Founder and former Editor on international steam coal prices by the end of summer. Full coverage on Poland and the most important coal markets: ARA, South Africa, Australia, China and India.
We had “blue coal” – Polish invention from Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, which was suposed to help fighting the smog, we had “green coal” – Philippinesian way to enter fuel market with their biomass from bana grass. Now Americans work on “renewable coal”.
While international coal prices are again peaking up high just before winter, Chinese National Development and Reform Commission will start a battle against malicious hoarding coal in mining regions to prevent price levels from staying far from so called “green belt”.
In today’s Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, in the article by Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska former Editor of Polishcoaldaily comments the fact that only roughly 60% of Polish companies fulfilled the legal obligation to audit their internal energy usage.
Following Trump administration end-of-war-on-coal energy policies, after series of blackouts and in regards to high electricity prices, Australian government decided to cut renewables and boost its own resources – mainly coal.
Canada, UK and Holland are trying to present themselves as global decarbonisation leaders, which will develop most for the Paris climate agreement. Why them? Simple, once they’ve already used all their domestic coal deposits, it is easier to renounce it.
Government in Jakarta wanted to mine 477m Mt this year, but reality is far from their wishes. In the first 8 months 2017 Indonesia managed to produce only 295.5m Mt (62% of the plan). Indonesian troubles are not so different from the ones that we have in Poland.
New report on recent coal shortage in Poland – now available for our readers (so far onlyin Polish). Production problems underground, legal limitations, consumers review (energy sector, heat plants, retail customers) and our forecasts.
Australian coal producers have to choose – either they can sell their coal to China, Japan, Korea and other Asian consumers with fat margins, or they can support local power plants which are already complaining on shortage of reserves.
Most of the South African citizen feels, that corruption is present in almost every aspect of their life, including the top administration. After affairs with president Jacob Zuma and Gupta family, around FIFA World Cup 2010 and many others, nobody is really surprised that also private coal companies and national power sector is dirty.
Unlike in Poland, where consolidation of energy (power and heat plants owned by EDF will be taken by PGE) and mining sectors (KHW mines being absorbed by PGG), in India anti-monopoly office of Competition Commission decided to put up for an auction unneffective facilities owned by the world largest coal producer – Coal India.
Right after Polish coal producers showed financial results for H1 2017 (which were and echo of good situation on the international markets), Ministry of Energy announced the renaissance of coal mining in Poland. How does such renaissance works here and how it looks internationally?
Full coverage from the conference on smog in Poland, organized by Ministry of Development in close cooperation with Polish Smog Alert. Not many new arguments in the discussion, besides Deputy Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz promising the new law on coal quality coming this fall.
Not only taking the first place in Polish energy mix, not only the number one fuel for heating the individual housing, but also a recent marketing hit in FMCG sector in Poland – today we can find coal in cosmetics (gel, tooth paste, shampoo) and food (lemonade, waffles, hamburgers).
Polishcoaldaily’s Editor comment for Gazeta Pomorska on coal for domestic heating, which gets more and more expensive each day and even worst, in some places in southern Poland it’s imposible to buy larger quantities, if any.
While part of the world – including China – decides to move away from fossil fuels fired energy sector, other countries are considering large investments in new coal power plants. Surprisingly, many of them are planned in the are region not really associated with coal – Middle East.
As a part of president Donald Trump’s new policy towards energy sector and fossil fuels, the “end of war on coal” (favorite slogan by POTUS administration) was an urge for some Native American tribes to increase coal mining on their reservations.
With more and more regions of Poland trying to impose new anti-smog laws, concerned mainly around the fuel fired in individual houses and parameters of coal boilers used to do so, retail consumers (mostly the poor ones) will face a high increase of expenses.
After two years of being dethroned by natural gas, coal is again number one in the American energy mix. According to the Energy Information Agency, in the period of January-April 2017 coal had 30% of US energy mix, while natural gas 2pp less.
Despite the fact that apart from Russia, Poland is the best (from the logistics point of view) alternative for domestic fuel (recently unavailable), Polish coal will never be exported to its neighbor’s power plants because of its parameters. That is where Americans are coming to the rescue.
Heat waves in southern Europe, large rains i South Africa after strikes in May, Chinese import ban for smaller ports and increase in American export – all the factors driving international coal trade and coal prices summed up by Polishcoaldaily’s Editor in his comment for Biuletyn Gorniczy.
While European Commission has no sentiment towards fossil fuel fired power plants and keeps on going with its decarbonisation machine, it is surprisingly indulgent for the German diesel automotive industry, saying the auto sector will be the one investing in electromobility and cars of the future. Doesn’t the same goes for the power sector?
As a result of the “end of war on coal” (Donald Trump administration slogan), hard coal mining revives in US. But, since there are less and less domestic coal-fired power plants (being pushed out from the market by natural gas) US will help building them abroad.
After stable January&February and a little drop in March, international coal markets were shocked after Debbie hurricane in Australia shook the global prices. Everyone was expecting longterm increases, but it turned out soon that panic was premature.
Traditionally an exporter, because of the large undersupply of coal in Poland (thanks to lack of investments in the previous years) Weglokoks is making further plans to start regular import from US and Colombia, as it was predicted by Polishcoaldaily’s Editor few months ago.
As the work on Capacity Market project goes on in Ministry of Energy, more and more opponents (mainly the wind farm investors, which are excluded from the Capacity Market) tries to undermine the whole concept. The new approach is to call it a “coal charge” and spook the retail consumers.
Full coverage from the last in this political season meeting of Parliamentary Commission of Mining and Energy, where Piotr Naimski, the government’s representative for energy infrastructure presented plans for development of domestic natural gas infrastructure and forecasts for the market.
Hosted by Lukasz Jankowski, Polishcoaldaily’s Editor commented in Radio Wnet the project by Ministry of Energy of domestic Capacity Market, that was recently broadly discussed as some started calling it the “coal charge” on Polish consumers.
Economy in North Korean regime is based on drug and illegal firearms trade, conterfeiting foreign currencies, hacking attacks, slave labor and… export of coal, mainly to China. How will the recent Chinese embargo affect living condition of common Koreans?
What is the future of steam coal and lignite in Poland? Polishcoaldaily’s Editor commenting the recent situation in the industry, strategy for coalsector and it’s challenges and competition from the renewables and natural gas.
After Donald Trump’s decision to renounce the COP21 Paris Agreement on the climate policies, global politicians and scientists gathered together to criticize US president with one voice, focused mainly on the scientific aspect of “climate change”. Are the scientist always right? Lets check some historical examples.
Nobody questions the fact, that today on the global coal market China is the main influencer, and the international prices can go up and down like on the roller coaster due to single decisions by National Development and Reform Commission, which towards coal acts sometimes like, quoting Jim Chanos – pig on LSD.
Few words on how the large industry should be fixed. Using the example of Aluminium Company of America and German practices from RAG (ISSA project) showing the alternative way, where the changes come from the blue collars and are concerned around the safety issues.
Polishcoaldaily’s comment for Trybuna Gornicza on the new strategy by Polska Grupa Gornicza presented during the European Economic Congress, with the brightest element – the new approach towards the product, which should deliver unit of energy.
Like with the oil transport paradox, same goes for employment in the Polish coal mining sector. because we had too many miners working, the costs were too high and the sector was in the recession. Now we have too few, and so again the whole mining industry cannot spread its wings.
Polishcoaldaily’s Editor quoted by wysokienapiecie.pl on undersupply of steam coal from Polish mines and how heat plants, paper plants and sugar plants will have to look to the east, where they will find much more expensive fuel.
Polishcoaldaily’s Editor commenting the recently popular in Poland, Coal Gasification plan for various sectors of Polish industry (e.g. chemical plants). According to some opinions, that technology could be a solution for problems of Polish power sector (IED, BAT), well, in theory perhaps.
As many American miners on the Rust Belt puts hope to the “End in war on coal” policy by Donald Trump administration, the facts are brutal for the coal industry, as more and more coal-powered power plants will be shut down in the following years.
Polishcoaldaily’s Editor quick comment for Biznes Alert on Petra Nova, the new American/Japanese clean coal technology and Polish government strategy towards EU climate policies, that was mentioned during Expo in Astana.
As some might not be content from how things turned out, and others keep looking for downsides, Polska Grupa Gornicza just started operations in the new, larger version, after absorbing mines of Katowicki Holding Weglowy.