Just two days ago the Wall Street Journal picked up on Chinese state media reports that the government was worried it might run out of coal. The paper reported:
State-run media reported that Beijing is considering capping domestic coal output in the 2011-2015 period, partly because officials worry miners are running down reserves too quickly to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding economy.Those signals have been picked up by companies around the entire world, who are now clamouring to meet that demand.
On the same day, Vallar, Nat Rothschild’s cash shell, paid $3bn for Indonesia coal assets. At the time, the new company’s proposed CEO, Ari Hudaya, said:
It is a very exciting time to be a mining company in Indonesia. The fundamentals of the metals and mining sector are compelling, given the strength of demand from China and India, and we are ideally located to capitalise on that growing demand.Now just two days later, another one pops up....MORE
Friday, November 19, 2010
"China’s coal demand drives another M&A deal" (KOL;
From the Financial Times' Energy Source: