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Coal Mining in Canada: Market Research Report

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Coal Mining in Canada Market Research Report | NAICS 21211CA | Apr 2016

Burned out: Natural gas expansion and slowing export demand will eat into demand for coal

The Coal Mining market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Coal mining is a pillar of the Canadian economy, as the industry not only adds significantly to the national GDP, but it also drives the economic wellbeing of many regions and communities. As the domestic economy recovers from recession, demand for electricity has driven the country's appetite for coal-fuelled utilities. However, the growing preference for renewable and clean sources of energy threatens the industry. In the five years to 2021, the Coal Mining industry's performance is forecast to struggle due to the projected economic slowdown in BRIC countries. Although demand for steel and, therefore, metallurgical coal, from these countries is expected to remain high, this rate is unlikely to rival prerecessionary levels... purchase to read more

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There are two main types of coal: brown coal (also known as lignite) and black coal (bituminous, subbituminous and anthracite coals). Black coal can be further broken down into thermal coal and metallurgical coal. Coal is categorized based on its content of carbon (i.e. energy) and moisture, which determine its value.

Thermal coal

Thermal coal is used to produce electricity. Thermal coal generally contains less carbon than metallurgical coal, making it unsuitable for making steel; instead, it has a relatively high energy content. About 42.5% of the coal mined in Canada is thermal coal. This share declinedduring the past five years. Consumption of thermal coal by the downstream electric power generators has declined due to environmental concerns. As .. purchase to read more


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What is the Coal Mining Industry?

This industry mines bituminous, anthracite and lignite varieties of coal. Mining occurs underground and in surface pits. Industry operators may also develop coal mine sites and prepare the coal for sale by washing, screening and sizing it.

Industry Products
Thermal coalMetallurgical coal
Industry Activities
Bituminous coal and lignite surface miningBituminous coal and lignite underground miningAnthracite mining

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