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World steel raw material & energy costs


Price per cost unit
YearMonthThermal Coal
$/tonne
Iron Ore
$/tonne
Natural Gas
$/BTU m
Electricity
c/kWh
2015161.4468.239.256.62
2015269.0562.758.276.88
2015364.7658.058.276.79
2015456.2452.286.776.55
2015561.1960.36.686.65
2015658.9662.636.676.98
2015759.952.396.697.3
2015859.1456.196.357.32
2015957.6556.956.287.18
20151054.2653.126.036.87
20151152.4746.865.56.59
20151252.2140.55.096.42
2016149.0241.884.46.44
2016250.2746.833.976.42
2016352.2156.23.916.46
2016450.6960.923.976.44
2016551.3155.134.336.57
2016652.8551.984.767.03
2016761.2457.264.677.23
2016867.3960.894.057.23
2016972.7257.794.257.14
20161094.259.095.346.73
201611103.4373.15.696.66
20161288.1580.025.426.67
2017183.7380.416.146.59
2017279.9889.446.056.63
2017380.987.6556.71
2017483.6570.225.016.6
2017574.4262.435.066.78
2017681.0957.484.897.19
2017787.4967.7457.31
2017898.5876.075.487.22
2017997.8271.535.967.17
20171097.1161.666.186.91
20171196.6464.246.696.73
201712100.8172.257.146.54
20181106.4576.346.666.95
20182105.9577.466.726.81
2018396.6670.356.76.66
2018493.6965.756.936.58
20185105.2966.17.496.82
20186114.3365.047.457.18
20187119.5764.567.67.34
20188117.3467.158.087.22
20189114.1668.449.527.17
201810108.7373.418.796.91
201811100.7373.268.276.88
201812101.3769.157.986.65
2019198.5676.167.266.58
2019295.4288.226.016.68
2019393.1286.475.186.73
2019486.7793.704.926.53
2019582.32100.24.346.71
2019672.49108.93.596.91
2019772.08120.23.627.18
2019865.693.073.687.44
2019966.093.084.217.09
20191068.988.55.066.85
20191167.085.05.156.73
20191266.292.74.626.37
2020169.795.83.636.33
2020267.687.72.916.42
2020366.789.02.726.40
2020458.684.72.126.41
2020552.593.71.586.48
2020652.2103.31.756.95
2020751.6108.51.807.17
2020850.1121.12.867.09
2020954.6123.83.957.01
20201058.4119.84.896.72
20201164.4124.44.846.48
20201283.0155.45.866.40
2021186.8169.67.276.35
2021286.7163.86.168.15
2021394.9168.26.137.01
2021492.2179.87.156.77
20215107.0207.78.916.55
20216130.0214.410.307.28
20217152.0214.112.517.52
20218169.6162.215.437.64
20219185.7124.522.847.69
202110224.5122.931.057.53
202111157.596.227.627.46
202112169.7117.038.037.16
20221197.0132.528.267.30
20222n/a142.827.237.46
20223n/a152.142.39n/a
20224n/a151.332.20n/a
20225n/a131.229.85n/a

Table last updated: 14th June 2022. Next update: ~12th July 2022.


Comment on recent commodity price trends

Prices for iron ore hit an all-time high in mid-2021. After falling back significantly before year end, prices in early 2022 hit a rising trend and currently remin high relative to historic levels.


Notes and commodity definitions

Thermal Coal: Note the definition has changed over time, as follows.
- From January 2015, prices are for fo.b. Newcastle, 6000 kcal/kg.
- For 2002-2014, prices are f.o.b. piers, Newcastle/Port Kembla , 6,300 kcal/kg (11,340 btu/lb).
- In both cases, coal has less than 1% sulfur and ash content below 14%. Data is expressed in US $ per metric tonne.

Iron Ore: price figures are for Chinese imported iron ore fines (62% Fe spot, CFR Tianjin port). The units are $ per metric tonne.

Natural Gas and Electricity Costs: Gas is Russian origin, border price in Germany expressed in US $ per million metric British Thermal Units. Electricity figures are average monthly US costs for industrial consumers. Units are cents per kilowatt hour.



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