I think the largest new demand for Anthracite coal will come from Germany. They are closing their hard coal (Anthracite) mines because of high government subsidies and environment costs. Their need for Anthracite is still there and they will buy from the USA. As they dismantle their collieries my guess is some of the coal processing equipment will end up in PA. Hopefully, the increase in demand and the increase in production capability will keep prices relatively stable or only slowly rising. I would also guess that the German coal processing, cleaning, grading, etc. is top quality and would make larger strip mining of Anthracite cost effective. Unless there are new mechanical methods of Anthracite deep mining developed, it will likely be gone in a few decades.
Does anyone know the primary use of Anthracite coal in Germany? Residential heating, central heating, steel manufacturing, etc.?
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