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  • Coal mines could be 'mothballed' | Business Spectator
    taking Policy makers need to wake up to these risks as well he said in a statement Print this page Related articles 13 Jan BHP faces buyback pressure 13 Jan Indonesia ban no issue Palmer 10 Jan OM Holdings CEO resigns 10 Jan Korea China jostle for Aust resources 10 Jan Fed govt should support Alcoa ALP More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Ian Macallan Mon 2013 12 16 02 19 Not sure if the right approach is to dispute the content or discredit the author either way the article is a load of horse manure and simply pathetic China s demand for coal both types black and brown is our net second largest export market an order of magnitude behind Japan South Korea India and China are about the same with China and India leaning towards coking coal for steel production If we remove China from the export equation but no longer exporting coal to them it s impact on Australian exports is relevant but not critical This comment The shifts include a desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions reduce the exposure to the volatile commodity market and improving energy efficiency This refers to brown coal thermal or steam and China s appetite for this type pails into small significance behind Japan South Korea and India As for the following two comments State governments can reduce the risk of their investments ending up as stranded assets by limiting the use of taxpayer dollars on coal related infrastructure such as ports and railways and Stranded assets program director and the study s co author Ben Caldecott said these developments were not factored into positions most coal owners and operators were taking Stranded program director more like Rail assets are redeployable port infrastructure has been one of the countries limiters of industry growth so design needs to take into account mixed mode operations Many other industries have had to adapt to mixed mode operations so time for ports to do the same macallan bigpond net au 0419 504 255 Chris Fraser Mon 2013 12 16 13 05 I think the news agency uses very moderate language It appears to show the stark contrast between the unrealised dreams of hopeful coal developers and very pragmatic international institutional investors It is HSBC after all who dares to think the world is not watching with them Converting all that rail infrastructure ready for tourism of deep Galilee pits should be a lotta fun i m booking my ticket Its no coincidence that CEFC developments are making a handy profit of late something that HSBC would be interested in Since CEFC is slated to go lets hope that worthwhile ARENA projects would spark their interest Cheryl Tonkin Mon 2013 12 16 08 38 Wonder if Campbell Newman s reading this report Then again he can just pass those costs onto Queenslanders like he s doing with the power distributors and their increasingly stranded assets Anonymous Mon 2013 12 16 11 17 There is always a wide array of opinion regarding Business Spectator stories and here we have the two extremes one excellent response worth reading because it obviously using great subject knowledge and another offering nothing but the routine political knee jerk that often typifies commentary from the unsophisticated Australian punter Business Spectator would do well to have a comments editor who can save us from the mundane drivel so we can more easily get straight to the stuff worth reading Coal Topia Mon 2013 12 16 12 09 The current issue is oversupply Hence strategic shutdown of low margin thermal mines All the new thermal mines in the Galilee will be exposed to Chinese and Indian demand pricing Long term supply contracts will smooth out spikes As per the last Platts report if China is really serious about cleaning up its act it ll reduce its import of dirtier lignite from Indonesia which is supposed to be banned from export due to its low CV The Post Fukushima period has and will increase Japanese demand and if Jakarta honours its promise to reigns in its exports the price may rise Whether it rises enough to afford 100 t remains to be seen Aside Argumentum ad hominem is unhelpful and generally invalidates the author therefore Anon the first comment really is a routine waste of time That Queensland has poured billions into infrastructure that only indirectly benefits the average Queenslander while other services are deeply cut may be worthy of further examination But this sort of largesse was ever the case by both sides of politics in Queensland Ian Macallan Mon 2013 12 16 18 14 Coal Topia You might like to think through argumentum ad hominem yourself if you read your own article But let us put that aside since we are all supposed to be adults in charge now all the way up to Canberra The first paragraph usually the opening statement states Australian coal mines are at risk of becoming mothballed or abandoned as China s commodity demands change new research shows China s commodity demands will not render our coal extraction processing and production stranded or even redundant by any material amount To save a response full of rhetoric let me share some data with you and I will also offer the source Firstly to discredit the author is based on the fact that the research was not done by a core faculty of Oxford University it was done by the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment that focuses purely on climate change and environmental issues It was established by Sir Martin Smith in 2008 with the support of Oxford University as a good idea Not exactly mainstream university stuff www smithschool ox ac uk Now to the co author Ben Caldwell is recognised as a leading thinker of the

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  • OPEC maintains oil output ceiling | Business Spectator
    wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu OPEC maintains oil output ceiling 5 Dec 2013 2 02 AM Commodities Economy Commodities Thirty million barrels per day through 2014 organisation decides You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AFP OPEC has agreed to maintain its oil production ceiling at 30 million barrels per day Iran s oil minister says Thirty million barrels per day is the approved total output for OPEC for 2014 Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told journalists in Vienna on Wednesday The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries also failed to decide on a new secretary general agreeing instead to keep Libya s Abdullah El Badri as its administrative head We extend the mandate of Mr El Badri for one year Algerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi said after the meeting of OPEC s 12 members The decision to maintain the oil ceiling had been widely expected by markets The organisation which produces about one third of the world s crude could see higher production from its members Iran Iraq and Libya in the coming months but faces competition from non OPEC producers of cheaper shale oil Print this page Related articles 09 Jan China s shock and ore at the Australian way 31 Dec Gold set for biggest annual plunge in 30 yrs 30 Dec Cyclone set to boost iron ore

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  • Iran expects quick lift to oil exports | Business Spectator
    2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Iran expects quick lift to oil exports 4 Dec 2013 3 40 AM Economy Commodities Expect immediate reaction to lifting of sanctions oil minister says You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AFP Iran will immediately export more crude oil once sanctions are lifted in the wake of the international deal to roll back its nuclear program the country s oil minister says Immediately we can return to full export capacity of four million barrels per day Iran Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told reporters ahead of OPEC s meeting on oil production in Vienna on Wednesday We have no technical difficulties to expand our exports and to return to four millions barrels a day oil output he said noting however the presence of political obstacles We believe it is our right to increase our exports the minister added World powers the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany known as the P5 1 last month reached a historic deal with Iran on its disputed nuclear program Pending negotiations for a broader agreement the Islamic state agreed to freeze parts of its program in exchange for an estimated US7 0 billion A7 71 billion of relief from crippling sanctions Iranian crude oil exports have been slashed to about 1 2 million barrels per day from 2 5 million bpd in 2011 according to Zanganeh I hope we gradually increase our export based on the agreement signed between Iran and 5 1 but in this stage we have no change in exports he added on Tuesday In Tehran the foreign ministry said Iran was to hold new talks with major powers on its nuclear program next week buoyed by the landmark interim deal reached last month The talks will be joined by representatives of the UN nuclear watchdog which is charged with overseeing implementation

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  • RBA commodity price index lifts in November | Business Spectator
    anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu RBA commodity price index lifts in November 3 Dec 2013 12 46 AM Industries Resources and Energy Economy Commodities Export commodity prices still 1 9 down year on year You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Export commodity prices started rising again in November The Reserve Bank of Australia s RBA index of commodity prices was 0 1 per cent higher in the month in Special Drawing Rights SDR terms after falling by 0 4 per cent in October The price index is measured in terms of special drawing rights SDRs an average of four major currencies the US dollar euro Japanese yen and British pound The RBA said prices for gold coking coal and wheat fell These were offset by increases in the prices of iron ore and thermal coal Over the 12 months to November the index declined by 1 9 per cent Print this page Related articles 09 Jan China s shock and ore at the Australian way 31 Dec Gold set for biggest annual plunge in 30 yrs 30 Dec Cyclone set to boost iron ore price 24 Dec A QE flipside for gold s lost lustre 16 Dec Coal mines could be

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  • RBA commodity price lifts in November | Business Spectator
    than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu RBA commodity price lifts in November 3 Dec 2013 12 46 AM Industries Resources and Energy Economy Commodities Export commodity prices still 1 9 down year on year You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Export commodity prices started rising again in November The Reserve Bank of Australia s RBA index of commodity prices was 0 1 per cent higher in the month in Special Drawing Rights SDR terms after falling by 0 4 per cent in October The price index is measured in terms of special drawing rights SDRs an average of four major currencies the US dollar euro Japanese yen and British pound The RBA said prices for gold coking coal and wheat fell These were offset by increases in the prices of iron ore and thermal coal Over the 12 months to November the index declined by 1 9 per cent Print this page Related articles 09 Jan China s shock and ore at the Australian way 31 Dec Gold set for biggest annual plunge in 30 yrs 30 Dec Cyclone set to boost iron ore price 24 Dec A QE flipside for gold s lost lustre 16 Dec Coal mines could be

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  • Gold posts worst Nov in 35 years | Business Spectator
    Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Gold posts worst Nov in 35 years 30 Nov 2013 6 25 AM Economy Commodities Prospect of reduced stimulus weighs on gold prices in November You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Dow Jones Newswires Gold prices clocked their worst November since 1978 as a brighter economic landscape fanned fears of reduced stimulus efforts by the Federal Reserve Gold prices dropped 5 5 per cent in November The declines help put gold on track to end 2013 in negative territory disrupting a 12 year winning streak that saw the precious metal top price records Making new highs is very exciting stuff but now that its bull run is kind of over gold is likely to fall off people s radar said Nicholas Johnson a portfolio manager at Pacific Investment Management Co of Newport Beach Calif Gold achieved that bull run on concerns that the Federal Reserve s attempts to boost the US economy in the wake of the financial crisis would lead to higher inflation or a weaker dollar In either scenario gold is perceived as holding its value better than other investments Now the US central bank has indicated that it would like to wind down its monthly bond purchases which would lessen the risk of either high inflation or a weak currency The Fed has said it would act if the economy showed steady growth November was filled with such signals ranging from stronger labor market data to steadily low inflation to signs of stronger manufacturing activity Nothing goes up forever said Frank McGhee a senior precious metals dealer with Integrated Brokerage Services LLC in Chicago You ve got the beginning of an economic pickup without any inflationary signs and you have the specter of the end of easy money and that s bearish for gold Mr McGhee said A record breaking rally in US equities also lured many traders away from the precious metals market On Friday the S P 500 touched a new record high of 1813 Gold s losses haven t been limited to the futures market analysts at Barclays said Exchange traded funds backed by physical gold which take the hassle out of purchasing and storing physical gold for individual investors have seen their holdings drop 38 4 metric tons through Nov 26 a pickup in sales from the prior month Still November is far from the

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  • Oil prices mixed amid Iran talks | Business Spectator
    Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Oil prices mixed amid Iran talks 23 Nov 2013 7 16 AM Economy Commodities Traders focus on continued Iranian nuclear program negotiations You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP World oil prices are mixed as key talks on Iran s controversial nuclear program entered a third day and with markets uncertain of a deal being struck New York s main contract West Texas Intermediate WTI for delivery in January fell 29 cents to 95 15 a barrel on Friday Brent North Sea crude for January climbed 28 cents to stand at 110 36 a barrel in London midday deals Prices had already rallied on Thursday with Brent closing up two dollars thanks to solid US economic data and the lack of a breakthrough at the international talks on Iran traders said Talks are taking place in Geneva between six world powers and major oil producer Iran over its nuclear energy programme which the West sees as a cover for weapons development Tehran denies the accusation The meeting is a third round of talks since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected in June and are seen as the biggest hope in years in resolving the decade old stand off Brent crude gained ground with market participants waiting on the outcome to Geneva talks on the Iranian nuclear program said Andrey Kryuchenkov commodities analyst at financial group VTB Capital WTI meanwhile profited from tighter US supplies and rising manufacturing activity in the world s biggest economy traders said On Friday Iranian negotiators said that progress was being made in talks in Geneva with world powers expressing hope to bridge differences and sign an elusive deal over Tehran s nuclear drive The remarks came after

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  • Oil prices rally on Iran talks | Business Spectator
    Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Oil prices rally on Iran talks 22 Nov 2013 4 58 AM Economy Commodities Lack of deal to curb Iran s nuclear programme supports oil prices You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Oil prices have rallied in the absence of a deal over Iran s nuclear programme as markets also assessed the outlook for Federal Reserve stimulus and reacted to weaker Chinese data New York s main contract West Texas Intermediate WTI for delivery in January jumped US1 46 to US95 31 a barrel Brent North Sea crude for January advanced by US1 16 to stand at US109 22 a barrel in late London deals A senior negotiator for Iran played down the prospect of reaching an agreement with world powers on Thursday on its controversial nuclear programme Iranian media reported I do not think the negotiations will reach a conclusion tonight Abbas Araqchi a deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency after a session with the P5 1 group of world powers The talks the third since President Hassan Rouhani took office are aimed at getting major crude exporter Iran to scale back some of its nuclear programme in exchange for minor sanctions relief Further delays in a resolution or the imposition of additional sanctions could provide the foundation for a move higher in the coming sessions Sucden brokers analyst Kash Kamal said The P5 1 group of Britain China France Russia and the United States plus Germany wants Iran to suspend certain parts of its nuclear energy programme which the West suspects to be a cover for weapons development Iran denies the accusation The two sides resumed talks late on Wednesday aimed at reaching a landmark deal although Tehran s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed not to retreat one step The US Senate will meanwhile move to impose new sanctions on Iran in December should the negotiations fail to bear fruit Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday Oil traders were reacting also to minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting which showed the US central bank has considered the possibility of tapering its huge stimulus programme in the coming months The minutes were published on

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