Quarterly Report: New Steam for Coal Mining Industry
- Indonesia's coal exports hit the second all-time high last year. Top coal miners in the country recorded revenue growth after a decline in 2020. The coal market is far from dying even though challenges are growing.
- Indonesia still holds enormous coal resources, which might be enough for centuries. Looser regulation to extend coal mining permit and fiscal stimulus for coal downstream industry showing the government plan to create demand and bring out billion tons of coal.
- This year could be another "exciting" year for coal-exporting companies and countries as coal prices in this current upward cycle are higher than the 2010-2011 or 2018 cycles, plus the expectation of greater coal consumption.
- Challenges faced by coal industries are increasingly diverse: list of banks withdrawing from coal financing is getting longer, cheaper renewable energy price and BESS technology, the potential increase in Domestic Market Obligation, and steam power plant early retirement program and regulations that support rooftop solar demand.