ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Thailand's Banpu set to double output
Production at coal mines in Indonesia will increase from 22 to 26 million tonnes, while two mines in China will contribute 5.5 million tonnes, said Somrudee Chaimongkol, Banpu's chief financial officer.
Centennial, which Banpu took over for A$2 billion (59.3 billion baht), will produce a minimum of 14.5 million tonnes in 2011, she said. This year's production was 1 million tonne short of its target due to heavy rainfall.
Centennial, in its last fiscal year ending in June, produced 14.5 million tonnes. Ms Somrudee said the company will change the fiscal year of the Australian company to a normal calendar year, same as Banpu, making it easier for Banpu to consolidate Centennial into its company's financial results.
"Production will increase significantly but overall financial results have not been estimated yet as they depend on global coal prices," she said.
Banpu chief executive Chanin Vongkusolkit said recently coal prices are rising and broke $110 per tonne already this year. Banpu's average selling price next year will certainly be higher than this year as it was quoted at $78 per tonne in the third quarter, compared with the 2009 average of $71.
To gain from the higher prices, Ms Somrudee said Banpu plans to increase exports of Centennial so its prices can move up in line with spot prices. Currently, two-thirds of Centennial's output serves the domestic market with fixed contract prices.
"Our plan is to balance exports and domestic sales of Centennial," said Ms Somrudee.
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