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EU coal prices jump after ban on Russian imports

Russian coal accounts for 54% of EU’s total coal imports in 2020

European coal futures are continuing to rise and hit $303 per ton on Wednesday after the European Commission announced a ban on Russian coal imports.

API2 Rotterdam Coal Futures, the benchmark for European coal prices, increased by 12.5% to $295 per ton on Tuesday after Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, announced a statement on banning Russian coal imports.

Prices maintained increases, hitting $303 per ton for a 4.5% increase compared to Tuesday’s closing.

Coal futures for May 2022 and June 2022 hit $325 and $323 per ton, respectively.

According to Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, the EU imported 54% of its total coal imports from Russia in 2020, while its dependence on Russian thermal coal used for power generation stood at 70%.

Coal accounted for 15% of the EU’s power generation last year.

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