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Poland: a key player in the European coal market

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Mining will see small a growth in the coming years, but the forecasted growth BMI predicts points toward Poland being a key participant in the European coal market. The growth is limited and there are risks to this outlook due to weak coal prices, cheap imports and labour unrest in the sector.

The coal mining sector is reported to be seeing changes in the following years as the government intends to divide the coal sector into economically viable and unviable mines, which is considered to hinder production growth. Economically feasible mines will be restructured and invested in and unprofitable mines will be closed. BMI reports that at existing prices, approximately 1 in 3 coal mines in Poland is profitable.

BMI reported New World Resources (NWR), a Dutch miner, is set to extract coal from Debiensko mine in Poland with total investment in the project reaching €411 million. It is anticipated the first coal will be extracted from the mine in 2017. A feasibility study revealed that mine has a reserve of 190 million t of coal – average coal production of 2 million tpy.

Edited from source: BMI Research by Harleigh Hobbs

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