Indonesian Sub-Bituminous Coal Swaps Drop; China Contracts Rise

Swap contracts fell for lower- quality coal from Indonesia, the world’s biggest exporter of the power-station fuel, according to Ginga Petroleum Singapore Pte. Prices for deliveries to China climbed.

The price for sub-bituminous coal with a heating value of 4,900 kilocalories a kilogram for loading from Indonesia in the third quarter dropped 15 cents to $63.60 a metric ton on a net as-received basis yesterday, the energy broker said in an e-mail today. The July swap was 5 cents lower at $63.20 a ton.

Coal with a calorific value of 5,500 kilocalories a kilogram for shipment to South China in July gained 40 cents to $85.50 a ton on a net as-received basis, Ginga said. The swap for the third quarter rose 25 cents to $86.25.

A commodity swap is a financial agreement whereby a floating price is exchanged for a fixed rate over a specified contract period.

About 60 percent of Indonesia’s coal is classified as sub- bituminous. The grade is typically softer, with a dull, earthy appearance, according to the London-based World Coal Association. Higher moisture levels and a lower carbon content reduce the heating value compared with grades with a better quality stock. Sub-bit coal has kilocalories of less than 6,100 per kilogram, according to the Indonesian energy ministry.

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