Coal Swaps for Indonesia Drop a Third Day; China Prices Decline
Swaps prices fell for a third day 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 was 10 cents lower at $62.20 a metric ton on a net-as-received basis yesterday, Ginga said in an e-mail today. The December contract lost 25 cents to $61 a ton.
Contracts for coal with a heating value of 5,500 kilocalories a kilogram for shipment to South China in the first quarter of next year dropped 30 cents to $84 a ton on a net-as- received basis, the energy broker said. The swap for December slid 20 cents at $83.90 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 kilocalories of less than 6,100 per kilogram, according to the Indonesian energy ministry.
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