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Coal Market To Grow Steadily In The Near Future

The global coal market is expected to gain a significant momentum in the forecast period. Energy markets have captured the attention of investors and the aging coal plants emphasize more on hunt for viable alternatives. Moreover, the remediation costs being too high marks that the coal market will witness a slow demand in the following years. Importing countries have slowed their demand for steam coal as pricing plays a major factor. 

Demand for Sustained Power and Energy:

In the recent years, electricity generation through coal powered plants has been on a huge decline and in the past three to four years, the margin gets thicker as compared to previous years. Subsequently, the international demand for coal is expected to witness a huge decline. Government policies, norms and standardization in the energy sectors have bolstered the demand for sustainable power and energy alternatives. For instance, Wind is a constant source of energy and hence there can be many more ways to generate electricity without any significant dependence on coal, says a study.

In another sense, financial struggles for coal powered plants continue to exist as legacy facilities still hold accountability for generation of electric power. Although, environmental groups have a strong desire to pull off the legacy facilities with an objective to shift the dependence on a cleaner source of energies. For example, in 2019 natural gas stood second to wind energy posing as one of the substantial source of power generation in United Kingdom. 

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Regional Outlook:

Asia Pacific is likely to witness a steady market growth in the following years attributing to low exports in the last few years followed by adoption to renewable energy sources in the recent years. Additionally, the regional markets are witnessing a steady decline in coal demand. For instance, China is buying less thermal coal from neighbouring markets which in turn reduces the burden on coal export market. Low investments and climate change issues in the West are much likely to result in declined use of coal and hence, the coal market within Asia Pacific zone may witness a slow and stunted growth. Moreover, South Korean market might encounter more decline in 2020 owing to mild weather and plant restrictions.

In the U.S., the market scenario for coal is bleak as companies are losing ground. Renewable energies and natural gas is considered optimal on all turns. The paradigm shift is mainly due to environment and sustainability. In addition, abundance of shale gas in the U.S. and technological advances for renewable energy continue to cease the popularity of coal. According to EIA (Energy Information Administration), the coal will be reducibly consumed and fall to 528 million short tons and is further expected to reduce until 510 million short tons by 2021. 

Some of the key players in the market are Coal India Limited, China Coal Energy Co Ltd, Yangzhou Coal Mining Company Ltd, China Shenhua Energy Company Limited, Arch Coal, Evergreen Energy, Alpha Natural Resources Inc., Guizho Panjiang Refined Coal, Alliance Holdings GP, International Coal Group, and BHP.
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