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China’s benchmark power coal price edges down

Updated: Dec 20,2018 9:10 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s benchmark power coal price went down slightly during the past week due in part to high inventory in coal-fired power plants. The Bohai-Rim Steam-Coal Price Index, a gauge of coal prices in northern China’s major ports, stood at 570 yuan (around $82.77) per tonne on Dec 18, down from 571 yuan a week ago, according to Qinhuangdao Ocean Shipping Coal Trading Market Co Ltd.

The index was also 1.21 percent lower than that of the same period a year ago.

Despite robust daily consumption, coal stockpiles remained at a high level. On Dec 19, six major coastal power plants saw a total of 16.92 million tonnes of coal inventory, up nearly 6 million tonnes year on year.

Analysts also pointed to growing bearish sentiments on coal prices and a gloomy global market.

The country is in the middle of capacity cutting in its overloaded coal sectors, with plans to reduce a further 150 million tons of capacity this year.