Swaps prices fell for thermal coal from Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of the fuel for power stations, according to Ginga Petroleum Singapore Pte.
The swap for Indonesian sub-bituminous coal with a calorific value of 4,900 kilocalories a kilogram in the first quarter of 2013 dropped 30 cents to $63.70 a metric ton on a net-as-received basis yesterday, Ginga said in an e-mail today. The January contract declined 30 cents to $63.25.
Contracts for coal with a heating value of 5,500 kilocalories a kilogram for shipment to South China in the first quarter fell 15 cents to $85.15 a ton on a net-as-received basis, the energy broker said. The January contract was 15 cents lower at $84.75 a ton.
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. Higher moisture levels and a lower carbon content reduce the heating value compared with better-quality stock. Sub-bit coal has fewer than 6,100 kilocalories per kilogram, according to the Indonesian energy ministry.