Indonesian Power-Station Coal Swaps Slide; China Prices Fall

Swaps prices fell a second day for thermal coal from Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of the fuel, 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 10 cents to $63.60 a metric ton on a net-as-received basis on Dec. 28, Ginga said in an e-mail today. The January contract declined 10 cents to $63.15.

Contracts for coal with a heating value of 5,500 kilocalories a kilogram for shipment to South China in the first quarter fell 5 cents to $85.10 a ton on a net-as-received basis, the energy broker said. The January contract was 5 cents lower at $84.70 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.

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