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Winning in a downward market

Global coal study


U.S. coal producers are beginning to shift their gaze abroad as a combination of low natural gas prices, increasing environmental regulations, and flattening electricity demand contribute to a glut of domestic coal supplies. Once viewed as a “swing” option for excess coal, some select international markets are now ripe for expansion.

Tapping these emerging opportunities will require U.S. coal companies to alter their approach to managing coal marketing and trading, as well as risk management practices across their portfolio of commercial activities.

The findings in this paper are from in-depth study Deloitte recently conducted of the global coal market, which has significant ramifications for the way U.S. coal producers assess and allocate risk across their organization. Deloitte’s eight-week study spanned the United States, South America, parts of Europe, Asia (including China, India, Indonesia, and South Korea), Australia, and South Africa.

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