Indonesia is likely to have a maximum of 150 million tons of coal available for export in each of the next several years due to rising domestic demand, Jeffrey Mulyono, head of the Indonesian Coal Mining Association, said, Reuters reported Tuesday (4/3/08).
Mulyono said that Indonesia must secure its own coal demand first.
The country will have up to 170 million tons available for the export market in 2008, he said, as domestic demand would be only 50 million tons, but the amount available for sale overseas was set to fall.
"In two and a half years, Indonesia will need to consume 100 million tons a year of coal," Mulyono said.
Production will rise during the next several years to a high of 400 million tons, but domestic demand will also keep rising as the country builds a series of coal-fired power plants, he added.
"It seems like 150 million tons is the maximum volume which will continue to be available," Mulyono said.
Power plants with 10,000 MW generating capacity will be built by early 2010, the association head said.