Despite disruptions during Q1 2020, global coal production is expected to grow, albeit by a marginal 0,1% to 8,13-billion tonnes in 2020, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Global coal production expected to reach 813 billion t in 2020

A 7,8% fall in production in the US will be a major factor in the overall limited output. However, this will be offset by an increase in production from India (8,3%), Indonesia (5%) and Russia (3%), as coal mines continued to operate due to the essential status governments assigned to them amid lockdown.

Vinneth Bajaj, senior mining analyst GlobalData, comments: “Disruption during Q1 2020 was most significant in China, but owing to the virus being well contained from the beginning of the second quarter, the country reported a marginal 0,9% y-o-y growth for the first five months of 2020. However, overall production in China is expected to decline by 1,2% in 2020 as China strides towards closing small mines, with capacities of under 600 000 t, by the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, the auction of coal mines in Indian to the private sector is expected to drastically boost the country’s supply, which is forecast to rise by 8,5% in 2020. Production will be supported by increased production by South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), as they recover from the impacts of the severe monsoon and labour strikes in 2019.

Bajaj continues: “Over the next four years, global coal production is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2,2% to reach 8,9 billion t by 2024, due to increasing supply from India (6,1%) and China (2,3%). Moreover, on 19 June, the Indian government announced plans to auction 41 coal blocks to the private sector, which will further boost the country’s production during the aforementioned period.”

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