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Anthracite Coal Mining Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Grades (Standard grade, High grade, Ultra-high grade), By Mines (Shaft Mine, Drift Mine, Slope Mine, Surface Mine) And Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Region :Global | Report ID: FBI106093 | Status : Ongoing



Anthracite is hard and dense coal with the highest carbon content of all coal types. Due to fewer impurities and the highest calorific value, the global demand for anthracite has increased, increasing the anthracite mining market. Compared with other coal types, anthracite has less residue and impurities after combustion, and the flue gas is negligible, making it an efficient fuel. Based on new partnerships, acquisitions, or new participants, the global anthracite mining market continues to change and develop. Fundamental changes have taken place in the mineral resources market, with traditional producers and suppliers shifting their supply to domestic consumers and focusing on imports.

Anthracite is the most popular PCI (Pulverized Carbon Injection Product) and ULV (Ultra Low Volatile Product). It is fed directly to the blast furnace in countries such as China and India. Anthracite reduces the use of coke because it is a better and cleaner alternative; Furthermore, the global shortage of coke and its relatively high price have also strengthened the demand for ultra-low bituminous coal in the future. Steel mills are looking to use ULV due to its higher carbon and energy content, which provides superior performance. This has greatly increased the anthracite mining market.

  • According to the World Steel Association, about 89% of a Blast Furnace (BF)-Basic Oxygen Furnace(BOF) 's energy input comes from anthracite, 7% from electricity, 3% from natural gas, and 1% from other gases and sources. In the case of the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route, the energy input from anthracite accounts for 11%, from electricity 50%, from natural gas 38%, and 1% from other sources.

Mining is a high-risk job that emits harmful gases. Additionally, anthracite coal mines are prone to roof sags, explosions, mine fires, and mine collapses. The characteristics of coal and the underground atmosphere may cause many types of natural accidents, such as "biogas" and "fire moisture."

  • According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Global Energy Review, global coal consumption is expected to decline. The United States coal consumption reduced 14.8% from the 2018 level to 586.5 MMst. The electric power sector accounted for about 91.8% of the overall United States coal consumed in 2019.

  • The United States produced 706,310 thousand short tons of coal in 2019, out of which anthracite accounted for 2,611 thousand short tons.

The demand for thermal coal will likely reduce as many countries develop cleaner energy sources and slow power generation. At the same time, although growth in some emerging economies is accelerating, the development of Chinese carriers is expected to continue to slow, thus reducing market demand.

Countries like China, the United States, Russia, Australia, Vietnam, North Korea, and Ukraine have evenly distributed anthracite production.

  • According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC), in 2019, the top exporters of Anthracite were Russia ($2.42B), Australia ($734M), China ($352M), Vietnam ($190M), and Indonesia ($173M).

  • In 2019 the top importers of Anthracite were South Korea ($816M), Japan($780M), China($574M), Germany ($398M), and India ($240M).


The Anthracite Coal Mining Market is expected to take a significant amount of time before recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic due to the lockdowns and trade restrictions. The shutting down of various industries has further decremented the anthracite demand, halting the mining operations.

  • According to the Economic Survey 2020-21 by the Union Ministry of Finance, India's coal production in 2020-21 declined compared to 2019-20 due to the pandemic. The coal production stood at 337.52 million tonnes (MT), a 3.3% decline from the previous year.

Although the energy requirement is slowly rising due to improved cross-border trades and the revival of industries, anthracite mining is anticipated to take some time. The coal offtake from India's Coal India Ltd. fell to 54.13 million tonnes (mt) in April 2021 as against a target of 68.89 mt. However, the coal supplies in April 2021 were 3.3% more compared to April 2019.


The report will cover the following key insights:

  • Recent Advancements in Anthracite Coal Mining

  • Key Industry Trends

  • Regulatory Landscape for Anthracite Coal Mining

  • Key Industry Developments (Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships)

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


According to the grades, the anthracite coal mining market is divided into standard, high, and ultra-high grades. Due to high demand from the steelmaking industry, the ultra-high grade segment is expected to grow with significant market share over the forecast period. Ultra high-grade anthracite is harder than other anthracite grades and has a higher specific gravity. It contains less volatile substances than other forms of charcoal. Compared with different types, the ash content of ultra-high grade anthracite is very low, so it burns better with fuel.


Countries like China, the United States, Russia, Australia, Vietnam, North Korea, and Ukraine have evenly distributed anthracite production. In recent years, China has been the world's largest anthracite producer and will maintain this position for years to come. The Chinese market represents approximately one-third of the world production market. It will continue to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing region during the forecast years. It is estimated that the growth of the Asia-Pacific region is attributable to many anthracite coal mines in China. China's anthracite coal production accounts for nearly 60% of the world. Based on the increasing growth of electrification in the region, the Asia-Pacific market is expected to dominate the anthracite coal mining market during the forecast period.


The report will include profiles of key players such as Bathurst Resources, Cokal Ltd, Attila resources, Carabella Resources Ltd, TIGERS REALM COAL LIMITED, Jameson Resources, Aspire Mining Limited, Aberdeen International Inc., Blaschak Coal Corp, ZINOJU COAL, and Jeddo Coal Company.

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By Grades

By Mines

By Geography

  • Standard grade

  • High grade

  • Ultra-high grade

  • Shaft Mine

  • Drift Mine

  • Slope Mine

  • Surface Mine

  • North America (US and Canada)

  • Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (China, Australia, South Korea, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)


  • In March 2021, Sibanthracite Group signed a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with Baosteel Resources, a subsidiary of China Baowu Iron and Steel Group. The Sibanthracite Group will increase coal exports to China, including injection coal and high-quality anthracite.

  • In August 2021, Zinoju Coal, an indirect subsidiary of TSX and Buffalo Corporation, and its Balgray coal mine reconstruction project in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa received environmental permits. Zinoju owns the Magdalena bitumen mine and the anthracite Aviemore mine in KwaZulu Natal.

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  • 2023
  • 2019-2022

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