The Asia-Pacific coal market has a new hedging tool, which was used on the first day it was available. A contract based on the ICI 4TM index, a key regional benchmark, was listed by CME Group’s NYMEX exchange on 5 February, giving coal producers and buyers in the region the opportunity to manage their risk more effectively.
Due to the more complicated divestment process, according to Kurtubi, the government should restore the issue according to the Contract of Work with Freeport which will be completed in 2021, without having to spend a dime to buying shares.
Two key Southeast Asian nickel ore producers that shaped the market in recent years -- the Philippines and Indonesia -- are poorly placed to take advantage of a boom in battery demand from the growing electric vehicles market.
Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources set its February thermal coal reference price, also known as Harga Batubara Acuan or HBA, at 100.69/mt, up 20.8% year on year and 5.4% from January.
* China imported 27.81 mln T of coal in Jan
* Utilities’ daily coal consumption at record amid snowstorms
* Imports likely to stay high until March -analyst
Road blockages and bad weather in Kalimantan on the Indonesian side of Borneo island are being blamed for a disruption of coal supplies from one of the world’s most important export regions. Coal traders and ship operators cited several reasons for the loading delays.
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The Adaro mine site located in South Kalimantan is Indonesia’s largest single coal mine by output. Adaro has a large number of contractors operating light vehicles, busses and a range of auxiliary equipment supporting the large work force with transportation in and around the vast site.