Queensland low emission coal export ramp up in January

THE release of Queensland’s latest coal export data for January shows demand continues to remain strong for the state’s high energy, lower-emission coal.

Lou Caruana

Figures released by the Queensland Resources Council show that January 2016 coal exports of just over 19 million tonnes were a record for the month of January, and 8% higher than January 2015.

Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche said although industry was hurting during the commodities slump, record production levels continue across the sector.

“The coal ports of Abbot Point, Dalrymple Bay, Hay Point and Gladstone all had their strongest ever January,” Roche said.

“The latest export figures for January signify that Queensland regions are also the heavy lifters when it comes to royalty contributions.

“The Queensland government will receive royalties on those 19 million tonnes, even though one in every three Queensland coal mines is operating at a loss.

“It also illustrates that demand from Asia for Queensland’s high energy value, lower-emission coking and thermal coal remains strong.”

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