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PT Bumi Resources to expect 2010 electric and coal price up to US$100/t

Published: 09 Oct 2009 23:43:05 PST

Oct. 10 MetalBiz--Indonesia coal producer, PT Bumi Resources recently stated that the revival of the global economy pushes up the demand from power plants and steel manufacturers, the electric and coal price in 2010 may rise by over 40%.

Dileep Srivastava, senior deputy chief executive officer of PT Bumi Resources investors' relationship noted that due to the recovering Asian economy and increasing investment in coal industry, Japan power plants may raise the steam coal price in the fourth quarter of 2010 to around US$100 per ton.

Dileep Srivastava expressed on October 9 in Singapore that the coal demand from China, India and Indonesia will maintain the price higher, however, the demand from the developed countries will continue stay normal.

PT Bumi Resources estimated that the average price of coal mines excluding the freight and other charges is US$61-62 per ton, while the price in 2008 was US$73.30 per ton.

Srivatsava said that the recovering steel demand may tie down the heat energy coal supply and boost the price.

According to the report on October 6, because the global crude steel production in 2010 will climb by 12% to 1.4bln tons setting a record, the hard coking coal price may soar to US$180 per ton from the previous expectation's US$155 per ton.

Srivastava added that PT Bumi Resources plans to increase the coal exports to China and India in 2012 and its production will hike to 100mln tons from last year's 53mln tons, 20% of output to be exported to China and India.

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