$2 sale adds to gloom in ailing coal sector

Original article by Sarah-Jane Tasker
The Australian – Page: 20 : 3-Oct-14

The benchmark price for metallurgical coal negotiated by Japanese steel producers with Australian mining groups has been set at $US119 a tonne for the final three months of calendar 2014. This compares with a peak of $US330 in 2011 and is a low last seen in 2008. The slump has already triggered widespread redundancies in Queensland by companies such as BHP Billiton. The malaise in the sector has now also been underlined by a deal in which Up Energy Development Group will pay just $US2 to Marubeni and Winsway Enterprises to acquire Grande Cache Coal in Canada

CORPORATES
BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, UP ENERGY DEVELOPMENT GROUP LIMITED, GRANDE CACHE COAL CORPORATION, WINSWAY COKING COAL HOLDINGS LIMITED, MARUBENI CORPORATION, SUMITOMO CORPORATION, VALE SA, DEUTSCHE BANK AG

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