Trade Resources Industry Views Indonesia's DEC HBA Thermal Coal Price Set at Record Low $53.51/Mt FOB

Indonesia's DEC HBA Thermal Coal Price Set at Record Low $53.51/Mt FOB

Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has set its December thermal coal reference price, also known as the Harga Batubara Acuan, at $53.51/mt FOB, setting a fresh record low for the eighth consecutive month and the lowest since its inception in January 2009.

December's HBA price is down 1.7% from November, which was set at the previous record low of $54.43/mt, and down 17.2% year on year.

The HBA is a monthly average price based 25% on the Platts Kalimantan 5,900 kcal/kg gross as received assessment; 25% on the Argus-Indonesia Coal Index 1 (6,500 kcal/kg GAR); 25% on the Newcastle Export Index -- formerly the Barlow-Jonker index (6,322 kcal/kg GAR) of Energy Publishing -- and 25% on the globalCOAL Newcastle (6,000 kcal/kg NAR) index.

In November, the daily FOB Platts Kalimantan 5,900 GAR coal assessment averaged $47.84/mt, while the daily 90-day Platts Newcastle FOB price for coal with a calorific value of 6,300 kcal/kg GAR averaged $52.57/mt.

The HBA for thermal coal is the basis for determining the prices of 75 Indonesian coal products and for calculating the royalties Indonesian producers have to pay for each metric ton of coal they sell locally or overseas.

It is based on 6,322 kcal/kg GAR coal, with 8% total moisture content, 15% ash and 0.8% sulfur.

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