(EnergyAsia, March 25, Tuesday) — The Chinese government is expected to issue coal export licences this month despite the continuing supply shortages in the domestic market, said event organiser CoalTrans.

While small mines continue to face shutdowns largely for safety reasons, Hebei province has announced that it will develop the world’s largest coal export port cluster over the next three years with plans to build three modern ports including Qinhuangdao Port, Tangshan Port and Huanghua Port.
 
China is expected to remain a swing supplier to the international markets but certain regions are anticipated to suffer coal shortages.

The government expects China’s economy to grow by at least 8% this year. It will add around 90 million kilowatt to power generation capacity, pushing thermal coal demand to another record level.
 
‘Coaltrans China 2008’ will provide delegates with an update on the coal supply and demand trends in the country, and opportunities for investors. The event will also discuss the future of the world coal industry.

Speakers will address specific issues like freight, infrastructure and the logistical challenges of moving coal into and around China, coal projects in the region, and their likely impact on fuel supply and demand, the pricing for coal in a volatile market, and a review of import scenarios for thermal coal and metcoal.

Speakers will analyse the growth of the Chinese steel industry and implications for managing metcoal resources and imports. In addition, they will provide a detailed review will be given of likely power plant construction in China and across Asia, focusing attention on where coal supply will be in most demand.

The conference is organised by Coaltrans Conferences and the China National Coal Association.

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