Bowen Basin Geologist Group Symposium

Anthony Williams, Manager of Utilisation Technology at A&B Mylec has published a paper in the proceedings for the recent Bowen Basin Geologist Group Symposium. The symposium was held between 7 – 9 October 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The symposium is held every 5 years and aims to foster the exchange of technical ideas related to geological problems and challenges and to maintain an awareness of new technologies and international coal market conditions for Bowen Basin coals.

The paper, titled ‘Market Evaluation of Bowen Basin thermal coals for the Indian and Chinese Markets’ explores the utilisation performance and value-in-use of thermal coals from the Bowen Basin particularly for use in power plants in China and India. The research work utilised MarketMastor™ to evaluate the utilisation performance and value-in-use data.

See below for the abstract for the paper:

China and India imported 218Mt and 123Mt tonnes of thermal coal respectively in 2012 and this number is expected to increase over the next 5 years. Both countries have a domestic supply of coal available but, due to shortfalls in supply of domestic coals, both countries import significant quantities of coal. There is significant potential for growing the volume of Bowen Basin thermal coals sold into these markets. It is highly beneficial to coal producers of Bowen Basin coals to understand how the coal quality, utilisation performance, and value-in-use of Bowen Basin coals would be perceived in these markets. Blending of coals is also a common procedure in many power plants with Indian and Chinese plants have the options of blending imported coals with domestic coals as well as with other imported coals.

The paper will explore the market potential of Bowen Basin coals for the Indian and Chinese markets. The paper will discuss coal quality of Bowen Basin coals, expected utilisation performance in coal fired power plants and the value-in-use of Bowen Basin coals from the point of view of a Chinese and Indian Power Plant.

For more information please contact Anthony Williams on 0427 910 049 or via email at

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