Global Coal Mining
Coal's position in global electricity markets stems from its relative accessibility, affordability and distribution around the globe. Global thermal and metallurgical coal prices recovered rapidly as demand for electricity generation stabilized following the recession, especially in the developing world. However, environmental concerns surrounding coal-generated power have increased in the past five years, and are expected to continue doing so in the next five years. In the five years to 2021, demand for coal is anticipated to be moderate. Developing nations will continue expanding infrastructures to supply populations with reliable and affordable electricity. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to grow over the next five years.
This industry mines various types of coal. Most coal mines consist of bituminous coal or anthracite (types of black coal), but operators may also mine lignite (brown coal). Mining occurs underground and in surface pits. Industry enterprises may also develop coal mine sites and prepare the coal for sale by washing, screening and sizing it.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.
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