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Often called the ‘black diamond’, coal is the largest source of electricity generation in the world, providing almost half of the world’s supply. It does not require high-pressure pipelines, expensive protection in transit or costly processing. It is easy to access for use on demand and is the world’s most available energy source.

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Global coal reserves are spread across 106 countries and, based on current production rates, are estimated to last well into the next century. Coal is the second largest source of primary energy in the world after oil. It is a core component in iron and steel making and is integral to aluminium refining and chemical production.

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In 30 years’ time coal will still be the major source of power generation globally, according to the latest research by the International Energy Agency. International coal trade volumes will increase by almost one and a half times compared to current levels and trade flows will continue.

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