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US coal production continues decline in Q1 2019

US coal production during Q1 2019 totalled 179.5 million short tons (MMst), which was 6.7% lower than the previous quarter and 4.3% lower than the first quarter of 2018.

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US coal production continues decline in Q1 2019

The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Quarterly Coal Report (QCR) showed that production in the Western region, which represented about 56.4% of total US coal production in Q1 2019, totalled about 101.3 MMst (2.3% lower than Q1 2018).


US coal exports for Q1 2019 (25.2 MMst) decreased 11.4% from Q4 2018. The average price of US coal exports during Q1 2019 was US$110.36 per short ton.


The US continued to import coal, primarily from Colombia (77.3%), Indonesia (11.7%), and Canada (8.7%). No imports were recorded from Australia for Q1 2019. US coal imports Q1 2019 totalled 1.7 MMst. The average price of US coal imports during Q1 2019 was US$78.43 per short ton.

(Source: EIA)
(Source: EIA)

Steam coal exports totalled 11.3 MMst (14.7% lower than Q4 2018). Metallurgical coal exports totalled 13.9 MMst (8.6% lower than Q4 2018).


US coal consumption totalled 157.6 MMst in Q1 2019, which was 6.8% lower than the 169.1 MMst reported in Q4 2018 and 5.9% lower than the 167.5 MMst reported in Q1 2018. The electric power sector accounted for about 92% of the total US coal consumption in Q1 2019.

(Source: EIA)
(Source: EIA)

In Q1 2019, coal stocks dropped to 125.3 MMst from 132.1 MMst at the end of Q4 2018 (a 5.1% decrease). Stocks in the electric power sector decreased to 97.1 MMst from 102.8 MMst at the end of Q4 2018, the first decrease since the end of Q4 2018.


The QCR provides detailed quarterly data on US coal production, exports, imports, receipts, prices, consumption, quality, stocks, and refined coal. Data on US coke production, consumption, stocks, imports, and exports are also provided. All data for 2017 and previous years are final. All data for 2018 and 2019 are preliminary.


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