Utility coal procurement, IEAPER/20

Author(s): Darrell Porter, Johannes Schmitz

Ref: IEAPER/20
ISBN: 92-9029-259-8
Published Date: 01/08/1995
No. of Tables: 1
No. of Figures: 6
No. of Pages: 31

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This report assesses the coal procurement practices and strategies of electricity utilities, the main market for coal in virtually every country in the world. Coal producers who supply both home country and overseas markets are increasingly dependent on the utility power market for their sales. For utilities, achieving the right balance between security of supply and lowest cost coal supply is crucial. The report begins with a brief analysis of the background to utility coal procurement, describing the developments which will drive, and constrain, coal procurement practices and strategies in the utility power industry worldwide. The main body of the report then describes in detail the very different power markets - and coal procurement strategies - occurring in the United States and Japan. A shorter treatment of developments in the heterogeneous and rapidly developing European market concludes the study.

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