October 2004

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Rising coal prices not to affect natural gas markets, says study

Breaking with conventional thinking on the effects of coal price on gas price, new research by consultancy Wood Mackenzie finds that rising spot Central Appalachian coal (CAPP) prices will not lead to..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Breaking with conventional thinking on the effects of coal price on gas price, new research by consultancy Wood Mackenzie finds that rising spot Central Appalachian coal (CAPP) prices will not lead to a meaningful increase in demand or price for the already tight natural gas market. The report concludes that the number of coal-fired generation units at risk is too small to impact the market for natural gas. Believing that the recent run-up in CAPP coal prices will cause an increased dependence on gas-powered plants instead of coal-powered plants, many industry analysts have predicted that a shift from coal to gas units will drive up the cost of gas. Analysts at Wood Mackenzie,

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