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Global coal roundup: Vietnam, Russia saw exports surge in 2018

Asia

China: A deadly accident at Baiji Mining Co. Ltd's Lijiagou mine in Shaanxi province has stoked concerns that Chinese authorities might impose stricter mine safety checks, lowering domestic thermal coal availability in the near term, sources told S&P Global Platts on Jan. 14. At least 21 people died when the mine's roof collapsed Jan. 12, according to media reports.

Indonesia: Heavy rains, especially in the South Kalimantan province, halted thermal coal production and delayed loading schedules by six to nine days, sources told S&P Global Platts on Jan. 8.

Vietnam: Vietnam's coal exports grew 7.6% year over year in 2018 to about 2.4 million tons of coal on continually increasing Asian demand, Xinhua News Agency reported Jan. 14. The country's 2018 exports were worth $325 million, up 13.1% compared to the previous year.

Australia

The dominant metallurgical coal Port of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, shipped a total of 67.9 million tonnes of coal in 2018, the lowest volume of coal exported from the port since 2013, data released Jan. 8 by the Gladstone Ports Corp. showed. North Queensland, however, shipped more coal than ever before in 2018, according to data released Jan. 9 by the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corp.

Europe

Germany: German 2018 lignite coal mining output fell by 3% on the year to 166 million tonnes, mining association DEBRIV said Jan. 11.

Russia: Exports from Russia in 2018 came to 191 million tonnes, a rise of 3.4% on the year, according to the latest data from the ministry of energy, making the 2018 volume the highest since S&P Global Platts began collecting data in 2013. Coal production in 2018 totaled 431.76 million tonnes, a rise of 6% on the year and also the highest volume since 2013.

North America

Canada: Kameron Collieries ULC laid off 18 workers at the underground Donkin coal mine following a recent roof collapse at the site. Production at the mine, on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, could reach 3.3 million tons per year over the next two years, aided in part by a $75 million ongoing expansion project at an ocean-going port 20 miles south of the mine in Sydney, Cape Breton, according to former owner Morien Resources Corp.

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