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Russian Coal Market News and Analysis

Russia is the world’s sixth-largest coal producer and an important net exporter – accounting for over 12% of total global thermal coal exports. Despite this key role in the international coal market, finding reliable pricing, production and trade statistics on Russia can be extremely difficult. Meanwhile, the structure of Russian coal exports is evolving in fundamental ways. The IHS McCloskey Coal Report provides insights that can help guide your business decisions in this important but complicated market.

While Europe continues to be Russia’s main importer, Russian thermal coal exports shipments to Europe are expected to fall over the next decades as Europe moves to cleaner forms of energy and market competition intensifies there with Columbia and the United States. Russian exports to Asia will gradually surpass those to Europe as Russia steps up to play a key role in supplying demand for key Asian demand centers and domestic demand declines. IHS Markit expects that, by 2020, Russia will be exporting 52 MMt to South Asia and the Pacific Rim.

The gradual shift from west to east in Russian steam coal exports will not only depend on Russia’s coal reserves but also the ability to transport its coal south. While the first factor is not in question, the latter will depend on various factors. Russia possesses massive steam coal reserves – 158 BMT of bituminous and sub-bituminous coal (end-2014). Although 75% of that coal sits in Russia’s southern regions and is therefore closer to Asia, available transportation infrastructure, high port and FOB costs, and the ruble’s “devaluation dividend” will condition Russia’s export competitiveness.

You can find detailed data and analysis on Russia’s coal market in the IHS McCloskey Coal Report, which is offered through our Global Coal Market News & Analysis service and includes:

  • Key price indices:
    • Russian West Coast FOB (6,000kc NAR)
    • Russian East Coast FOB (6,700kc GAD)
  • Detailed Russian import and export statistics for metallurgical, steam and petcoke
  • Russian production and consumption data for metallurgical, steam and petcoke
  • Analysis of major producers, producing regions, transportation costs
  • Analysis of the latest Russian coal market news

Visit Global Coal Market 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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Bob Hodge

He leads a team of writers who report daily on the US coal industry, assessing coal prices, production, transportation and coal-fired power generation. He has more than a decade of years of experience in research and writing about both thermal and metallurgical coal markets in America, as well as legislative and regulatory issues that impact the coal industry. Mr. Hodge is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, US.

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