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Russia tightens grip on Europe’s coal market

Lower shipping rates and a relatively weak ruble allowed Russia to strengthen its position as Europe’s main coal supplier in Q2 Lower shipping rates and a relatively weak ruble allowed Russia to strengthen its position as Europe’s main coal supplier in Q2.
By Andreas Walstad 11 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels 0 34672
Russia’s share of coal imports by EU countries

A recent report from the European Commission shows 65% of coal imports by EU countries in Q2 2019 came from Russia, up from 43% in Q2 2018. However, coal imports were at their lowest level on record, the report also noted.

EU coal imports

European coal consumption fell by 22% year on year in Q2 as coal-fired power was displaced...