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Petcoke Petroleum Coal Market News and Analysis

With its high caloric value and low ash content relative to coal, petcoke (or petroleum coal) production, is on the rise, led by Canada and China. IHS Markit predicts global petcoke production will rise to nearly 160 MT by 2016, up from 100mt in 2011. While petcoke serves as a carbon source for creating aluminum or steel, the majority of it is used as an energy source to create fuel for producing electricity or firing cement kilns. Given its history of safe storage, handling and transportation, as well as its low toxicity, petcoke has taken off as a globally traded commodity, with India as the target buyer, particularly since China implemented a quiet ban in early March 2016 on imports of petroleum coke containing more than 3% of sulphur.

The McCloskey Coal Report – offered as part of our Global Coal Markets service – provides detailed data and analysis on the world's petcoke markets, including:

  • Key price indices for each quality of fuel-grade petcoke (US Gulf/Venezuela, and US West):
    • USGVC mid-sulphur petcoke FOB (7,500kc NAR)
    • USGVC high-sulphur petcoke FOB (7,500kc NAR)
  • Global monthly traded volumes, with detailed petcoke import and export statistics for all key importing and exporting countries available with Coal Price Data, Trade and Indices Statistics
  • Worldwide production and consumption data (including the most extensive data on consumption by US utilities)
  • Shipment and utility reports
  • Analysis of new petcoke refineries and environmental or transportation regulations
  • Analysis of the latest petcoke market news

Visit Global Coal Markets News & Analysis to view the latest report.

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Jim Thompson

He is conversant on worldwide market trends, with a focus on the North American coal markets. Mr. Thompson provides expertise both in thermal coal for electricity production and metallurgical coal for use in the steelmaking process. He is widely quoted by leading financial newspapers and speaks at multiple, industry-related conferences. He has more than two decades of experience in providing analysis and insight on coal markets for coal producers and consumers, as well as for financial analysts and investors.​ Mr. Thompson co-founded Energy Publishing, which was acquired by IHS Markit in 2013, and is now part of IHS Markit. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University.​​

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Scott Dendy

He was instrumental in designing, developing and launching the McCloskey/Xinhua Infolink South China CFR 5,500kc marker as well as API8, API5 and API3 (in conjunction with Argus Media) for IHS Markit. He has overseen the rapid uptake in traded derivative volumes based against IHS Markit's McCloskey Indonesian Sub-bituminous FOB marker. His role demands a good understanding of trading, both in physical and derivative/futures markets, from how they work to how they are developed, launched and adopted. He is also the managing editor of International Nuclear Business from IHS Markit. Previously, Mr. Dendy was the editor of UK Powerfocus for The McCloskey Group, where he closely followed the UK's New Electricity Trading Agreements (NETA). He worked on a number of European power modeling projects for Power Ink Limited, where he also co-edited a quarterly UK power generation report for Financial Times Energy.  During the early 2000s, Mr. Dendy worked within the Power Development division of the international engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald. Before that, he worked at the energy purchasing consultancy John Hall Associates. He has more than 17 years of experience in covering energy-related traded markets. Mr. Dendy has a Master's Degree in History from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

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