SORTING OUT COAL : TO GROW COAL TRAFFIC, CLASS IS NEED TO SCORE IN SERVICE AND MARKETING

With demand for coal subject to wide fluctuations based on weather, price of natural gas and emissions restrictions, railroads that rely on coal for a large part of their revenues are seeking ways to used improvements in service and efficiency to make the most of the coal traffic they do get and market it better within their networks. The U.S. is still a huge coal producer, second only to China, with reserves projected to last another 250 years at current levels. However, the power industry, which consumes roughly 90% of all coal produced is aggressively stepping up conversions to natural gas. Still coal tonnage is rising because utilities are upping capacity overall. Also, utilities have improved their inventory practices, and railroads have improved their service to the point that utilities only need 20- or 30-day supplies on hand versus 60-days. The article describes environmental laws and industry developments affecting coal shipping, including a renewed concentration on Canadian markets.

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    • Page range: pp 22-24, 26, 28
  • Corporate Authors:

    Trade Press Publishing Corporation

    2100 West Florist Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI  United States  53209-
  • Authors:
    • Stagl, J
  • Publication Date: 2003-7

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00963444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2003 12:00AM