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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
2021186.8169.67.27n/a
2021286.7163.86.16n/a
2021394.9168.26.13n/a

Table last updated: 9th April 2021. Next update: ~10th May 2021.


Comment on recent commodity price trends

Note the very marked escalation in the cost of iron ore. This is now priced some 80-90% more than 12 month ago.


Notes and commodity definitions

Thermal Coal: Australian, 1200 btu/pound, less than 1% sulfur 14% ash, fob Newcastle, Port Kembla. This 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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