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US 2021 coal production expected to rise 15.6% on year: EIA
S&P Global

Houston — The US is estimated to produce 602.6 million st of coal in 2021, the Energy Information Administration said in a Jan. 12 report, lowering its ...

Unexpected Growth Seen in Mining Graders Market from 2020 to 2025
The Pinstripe Empire

Surface Mining; Underground Mining. Net revenue as well as sales volume of each application over the study period. Evaluation of pricing pattern of ...

Sudden shutdown: Employees caught off guard by Komatsu announcing closure
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Joy Global celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, and had a huge presence at the Bluefield Coal Show. “These are truly unprecedented times and ...

Weekly US coal carrier departures rise by 4 on week to 44: cFlow
S&P Global

The departing coal carriers held 1.6 million dwt, down 5% from the previous week. From the gulf, eight carriers departed to Central America, three ...

BlackRock accused of 'greenwashing' $85bn coal investments
Yahoo Sports

The list, compiled by German group Urgewald, details companies around the world that have some sort of exposure to the coal industry. The report's ...

Winter Coal Shortages Reveal Chinese Energy Vulnerabilities
The Jamestown Foundation

While China's coal industry typically suffers from an overcapacity problem, its eastern and southern industrial base is comparatively undersupplied.

Single window, online approval launched for commercial coal mining firms
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

In November, commercial coal mining rights were auctioned for coal blocks in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha.

Minnesota Power shutting, converting final two coal plants by 2035
Minneapolis Star Tribune

By the end of the decade Minnesota Power intends to shut down the Boswell Energy Center Unit 3, a 335-megawatt coal-fired plant in Cohasset. The ...

Record number of nuclear power plants set to close in 2021
Houston Chronicle

Coal plants have been closing over the past few years as they've struggled to stay competitive with cheaper renewables and natural gas-fueled power ...

Atlantic coking coal: Shortage drives up prices
Argus Media

US coking coal prices continued to edge up, with buyers increasingly conscious that ongoing supply tensions that have carried over to the ...

Microwaving Metal Turns Coal Into Valuable Graphite
Wyoming Public Media

TeYu Chien, a UW associate professor in physics and astronomy, said the goal of their experiment is to turn coal into graphite. He said graphite is the ...

Coal transformed into a linchpin material for electric vehicles
Kitco NEWS

(Kitco News) - Using microwaves, scientists were able to convert coal into graphite, a key ingredient used in many high tech devices. Researchers at ...

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