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There’s Two Decades More Demand for Coal in Asia, Exporter Says

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(Bloomberg) Demand for coal will remain strong for at least two more decades even as nations take action to decarbonize, according to New Hope Corp., a major Australian exporter.“Many communities, particularly the large cities of Asia, will require coal for affordable and accessible base load energy provided by our customers to power homes and industries in the next two decades and beyond,” Chief Executive Officer Reinhold Schmidt told an annual meeting. The exporter sells to markets including India, Vietnam and Japan.

Benchmark prices remain strong even after a recent decline

Economic recoveries in key markets and the limited availability of alternative fuels have supported recent price gains, while from early next decade demand for seaborne coal will likely exceed production, Schmidt said Thursday at the meeting.

Coal Ports At Newcastle As Aussie Floods Add to Supply Concerns
A stacker-reclaimer next to a stockpile of coal at the Newcastle Coal Terminal in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on Friday, March 26, 2021. The one-in-100 year flooding event in Australia in recent days forced coal producers from Glencore Plc to Yancoal Australia Ltd. to cut output, while Whitehaven Coal Ltd. said there is a backlog of ships at the key Port of Newcastle export terminal.

Benchmark prices for high-quality thermal coal at Australia’s Newcastle port surged through last month on tight supply and as nations across Asia grappled with power shortages. While coal has slumped about 42% from a record on Oct. 18, the fuel continues to trade well above its five-year average price.

Thermal coal futures in China fell as much as 2.1% to 808 yuan ($126.70) a ton in early Thursday trading, to extend declines from last month’s high.

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