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US Coal Production Plunges on High Inventories and Weak Demand

Updated: Apr 20

Hey Trader,

US Coal Production Plunges on High Inventories and Weak Demand

As the energy landscape continues to shift, savvy traders are keeping a close eye on developments in the coal market for lucrative trading opportunities.

Recent data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals a stark reality: US coal production has plummeted to its lowest level in over two decades.

Driven by a combination of factors including soaring inventories, weakened demand, and fierce competition from natural gas, coal production in the US has taken a significant hit.

With national output dipping to approximately 7.5 million short tonnes, representing a staggering 15% decline from just two weeks prior, the implications for the market are profound.

This downturn in coal production is not confined to a single region but is evident across leading production basins including Appalachia, Illinois Basin, and Powder River.

Such widespread declines underscore the severity of the challenges facing the coal industry amidst shifting market dynamics.

Adding to the industry's woes is the recent disruption at the US' key coal export hub in Baltimore following the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

As a result, weekly export data has been lackluster, with loadings averaging just 1.4 million tonnes per week, the lowest since July 2023.

Despite efforts to adapt, including coal-to-gas displacement initiatives that have led to a notable 17% year-over-year reduction in US coal consumption, inventories have ballooned to their highest levels in three years.

By the end of 2023, coal stockpiles reached a staggering 154 million short tonnes, exacerbating the challenges facing producers and traders alike.

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Big Energy Profits

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