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Understanding Global Demand for Steelmaking Coal
Global population growth, increased urbanization, and a growing middle class will continue to drive long-term demand for steel and the steelmaking coal required to produce it.
The above infographic from Teck outlines the mineral’s key role in the low-carbon future.
A Vital Ingredient
Steel is the most commonly used metal and fulfills a variety of structural and construction needs, along with being an essential material for the production of vehicles, mechanical equipment, and domestic appliances.
Clean and renewable technologies also require steel to build wind turbines, solar panels, tidal power systems and bioenergy infrastructure.
|Application||Quantity of steel (kg)||Quantity of steelmaking coal (kg)|
|1 km of Light Rail Track||112,000||78,400|
|40-Foot Shipping Container||4,000||2,800|
|Boeing 787-10 Aircraft||13,500||9,450|
|High-Voltage Transmission Tower||27,000||18,900|
While some kinds of steel can be made using recycled metal, roughly 72% of global steel production relies on steelmaking coal and certain higher grades of steel can only be made using the ingredient.
How is Steel Made?
Also known as metallurgical coal or coking coal, steelmaking coal is mined to produce the carbon used in steelmaking. This is fundamentally different from thermal coal, which is used to make steam that generates electricity.