First quarter coal market and Euracoal’s outlook for the future

International MiningEuracoal reports that for the first time in many years, the world market for hard coal fell by some 8 % during the first quarter 2009. This latest Euracoal ( report arrived too late for International Mining’s August article on the global coal industry, which is about to be published. Steam coal was 140.1 Mt, down from 140.7 Mt in the first quarter of 2008. The fall in coking coal waxs much more severe, down from 42.6 Mt to 29.9 Mt in 2009. The combined total showed a fall of 13.3 Mt between 2008 and 2009. (more…)

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