Thermal coal players were upbeat with a plan from the government to ban export of low-rank coal. But, strong lobby from low-rank coal producers forced government to delay implementation of the program. China coal players, meanwhile, have moved faster in the development of coal-to-chemical industry as power generations are urged to use cleaner sources of energy. Is it time to seriously develop coal-to-chemical industry in Indonesia through a mandatory domestic processing of low-rank coal?

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