Indonesian miners to increase output

INDONESIA’S coal output is expected to grow by as much as 12% next year, the chairman of the Indonesian Coal Producers Association has said.

Angie Tomlinson

Bob Kamandanu told Reuters that the country’s coal producers were expected to produce 270-280 million tonnes in 2010, up from 250-260Mt this year.

The rise is attributed to growing demand from China and India, as well as domestic needs.

Kamandanu told Reuters that the country’s producers had already secured around 10Mt of new coal supply contracts with China for 2010.

He also said demand from China and India would help keep global thermal coal prices around $US80 per tonne.