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Indonesian coal consumption to exceed exports

Domestic coal consumption would exceed coal exports, sometime between 2015 and 2020, if the government cap on coal exports remains in place, an association said Tuesday.

Indonesian Coal Mining Association president Jeffrey Mulyono said domestic coal demand would jump to 75 million tons in 2009, from this year’s 52 million tons.
Domestic coal demand would reach 170 million tons between 2015 and 2020, with exports limited to 150 million tons a year as stipulated by a recent regulation, which set the cap in anticipation of increased domestic demands.

The export limit was also made in anticipating the 2010 opening of new coal-fired power plants by state power company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

The demand for coal in the industrial sector is also expected to increase, with many companies switching from oil to coal as an alternative energy source amid skyrocketing global oil prices.

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