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Mining Notes



February 2019 


Hakim Singh, a milk seller, has a legal electricity connection, but gets power for barely 10 hours a day. On a recent Monday he sat on the floor, eating lentils and bread with one hand while swinging a fan with the other to wave off the swarm of flies in the afternoon heat. His three children, all going to school, still have to study by candlelight (Nikkei Asian Review, 18 May 2018). 

For some in western countries, assisting Hakim by expanding coal-fired electricity production in his country (India) is a threat to the planet. 

For Hakim and the Indian government, it is the passport to development.


Our Special Report

Thermal coal is the type of coal used for electricity production. Our Special Report:

- examines recent developments in electricity production and thermal-coal use in Asia 

- gives forecasts of electricity production and thermal-coal use in Asia for the next decade

- assesses possible reasons for these forecasts not to be realised, such as a fall in economic growth, increasing competition from natural gas and renewables and political pressure to reduce thermal-coal use

Some key findings


Electricity production in Asia will continue to increase strongly, at 5% per year.


Electricity production per capita will increase, but in most of Asia will still be well below that in developed countries.


Coal-fired electricity production will continue to dominate total production.


Thermal-coal production in Asia (notably China and India) will increase modestly.


Thermal-coal imports from outside the region will increase strongly, from around 400 million tonnes in 2017 to 600 million tonnes in 2027.


Australia, Russia, South Africa, United States and Colombia are the countries best placed to meet this increased import demand, but they all face barriers in doing so.


Overcoming these barriers will be important for the future of millions of Asians such as Hakim Singh in India. 


Further information

The Special Report is 35 pages long and includes 14 graphs, 12 tables and five maps. The price is A$950 (approximately US$720). Please contact us for further information on the Special Report, including the table of contents, extracts and an order form (also on this website).