Demand for coal as one of the core ingredients used in power generation slumped to a record low today. Coal prices within the past 24 hours oscillated between $158 and $152 amid reactions from big investors.
According to reports from Trading Economics, GC Newcastle coal futures fell towards $150 per metric ton, hovering around the lowest level since mid-November amid concerns over the impact of the omicron variant on the global economic recovery and as Beijing signaled further regulations for prices of the power-generation fuel.
Still, prospects of increasing demand as the winter heating season kick in northern China and Europe provide some support.
Coal prices are still more than 40% lower than their all-time high of $269.5 set on October 5 when output in China reached multi-year highs.
Since July, China has approved expansions at more than 153 coal mines, aiming to end a power shortage and lower record prices.
Coal is expected to trade at 167.26 USD/MT by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts’ expectations.
Looking forward, analysts at trading economics estimate it to trade at 144.19 USD/MT in 12 months’ time.
Historically, coal reached an all-time high of 269.50 USD/MT in October of 2021.