Global coal exports from major producers were up about 8% in May and June, as a rebound in Indonesian supply was dimmed by lower output in Australia, South Africa and Colombia. Meanwhile, purchases in the big importers including Japan, South Korea and China were up 16% in June. Newcastle coal rose to $181 a ton as of Sept. 13, according to weekly data published by China Coal Resource.
|4Q 2021||2022 average|
|Thermal coal (old)||$100||$85|
|Thermal coal (new)||$190||$120|
|Coking coal (old)||$155||$155|
|Coking coal (new)||$230||$175|
The bank also lifted forecasts for coking coal used to make steel, with fourth-quarter prices now seen 48% higher at $230 a ton, while it raised its 2022 average by 13% to $175. Australian coking coal futures on the Singapore Exchange settled at $365.50 a ton on Tuesday.
Gains have been supported by a decline in Chinese domestic coal production and the strength of demand from nations including Japan, Taiwan and India, according to the analysts. Chinese steel production curbs should help ease prices toward the end of the year, Goldman said.
Goldman also raised target prices for shares of Australian miners including South32 Ltd., Whitehaven Coal Ltd. and Coronado Global Resources Inc.
(By Dan Murtaugh)
Source : https://www.mining.com/web/goldman-almost-doubles-asia-coal-forecast-on-supply-crunch/250