India to be Indonesia?s top coal importer

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India is all set to surpass Japan to become the leading buyer of Indonesian coal, taking as much as 60 million tones to help meet feed India?s burgeoning power demand, the Indonesian Coal Mining Association said. India is said to import five million tones more coal from Indonesia in 2011 (compared to last year), with the total number set to jump to 90 million tones by the year 2013.

Bob Kamandanu, chairman of the association, said that India is able to access such large amounts of Indonesian coal through long lasting relationships with the existing Indonesian producers, which ramp up output.

Although Indonesia’s coal is largely sub-bituminous material which has a lower heating value compared with standard Australian grades; Chinese and Indian utilities have been snapping up more of its exports to help sate booming domestic demand.

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