Introducing the world’s first coking coal indices:
The shift by BHP Billiton from pricing coking coal contracts annually to
short-term pricing mechanisms in 2010 has paved the way for the development of
indexation of coking coals. Spot buying from China has also increased liquidity
and given rise to the need for greater visibility in short-term pricing.
These developments represent the first step towards the development of a liquid
market and are prerequisites for the emergence of a derivatives market.
Since 2009, in anticipation of coking coal becoming commoditized, Energy
Publishing worked with global coal buyers and producers to formulate an approach
to indexing such coals.
Following extensive consultation, and with input from Doyle Trading Consultants
LLC, three coking coal indexes were launched in February 2010.
The Coking Coal Queensland Index The CCQ© represents the prompt physical spot
market price FOB port in Queensland for premium hard coking coals
The Coking Coal Hampton Roads Index, Low Vol The CCH-LOW© represents the prompt
physical spot market prices FOB port in Hampton Roads, Virginia for premium low
volatile coking coals
The Coking Coal Hampton Roads Index, High Vol The CCH-HIGH© represents the
prompt physical spot market prices FOB port in Hampton Roads, Virginia for
premium (Type A) high volatile coking coals
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More information: (PDF)
Forward With a Price Index for Australian Coking Coal
and Specifications for our Coking Coal Indices