New Colombia Resources, Inc. Moves Forward in Colombia Coal Mining Operations as Fitch Raises Colombia Outlook to Positive

March 7, 2013

CORAL SPRINGS, FL--(Marketwire - Mar 7, 2013) - FinancialNewsMedia.com continues its coverage for New Colombia Resources, Inc. ( OTCQB : NEWC ). Stay informed on New Colombia developments by getting breaking news alerts delivered directly to your mobile phone by texting NEWC to 545454 from your cellular device.

It's no secret that global steel production is dependent on coal as 70% of the steel produced today uses coal. Metallurgical coal -- or coking coal -- is a vital ingredient in the steel making process and New Colombia Resources is positioning itself to take full advantage of the rising global demand for metallurgical coal production.

In the coming years it is anticipated there should be a rise in the metallurgical coal demand from world economies. India's metallurgical coal demand is expected to increase 25% till 2015 as DRI production which has provided pig iron is now taken over by blast furnace production. Also, China should see rampant increase in its industrial production and investment rebound from import as the economy eases. 

Colombia, famed as an oil and thermal coal producer, is now fast becoming a focal point for metallurgical coal -- an essential ingredient for most of the world's steelmakers. Most global reserves of Metallurgical coal are spoken for, but Colombia presents a rare combination in that its known reserves are both relatively high quality and readily available. Additionally, Fitch Ratings Agency revised Colombia's outlook to positive this week, citing the country's increased resilience to external shocks and favorable debt dynamics, in a move that could pave the way for an upgrade in the future.

"The increase in Colombia's credit rating will surely make it easier for companies like ours to get conventional financing for equipment and mine development. The expected increase in demand for coking coal from China and India assures a sustainable market for our premium product once we begin production. Colombia has the largest untapped coal reserves, the highest quality coking coal, the lowest cost of production, and export terminals on the Atlantic and Pacific; it's no wonder the Chinese, Indians, and others are down here trying to source coal," stated John Campo, President of New Colombia Resources. For more on Fitch revising Colombia's outlook and raising its credit ratings, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/06/colombia-ratings-fitch-idUSL1N0BYFCV20130306

New Colombia Resources, Inc. ( OTCQB : NEWC ) is an emerging company that is acquiring coal concessions in Colombia in order to satisfy the anticipated world market demand. NEWC recently announced it is taking the steps necessary to complete an NI-43.101 Technical Study on both their wholly owned "La Tabaquera" metallurgical coal mine and the soon to be acquired "La Herradura" coal mine. New Colombia entered into a letter of intent with the legitimate owner of "La Herradura" last year which it intends to close within the next quarter.

In further evidence the world demand is present for metallurgical coal, analysts with Goldman Sachs last month also forecast a pickup in U.S. demand for power-plant coal in 2013. Prices for U.S. natural gas are up 38% from a year ago, likely pointing to an increase in utilities' appetite for coal, the analysts wrote. While the global steel industry is running slower than its prerecession peak in much of the world, record Chinese steel production has been enough to prop up coal demand and prices. Steel-making coal prices at Australia's main export hub, a benchmark for the industry, are up 21% from their lows late last year, to $154 a ton. Chinese imports doubled in January from year-earlier levels, to 6.48 million tons.

Emerging and secure players in the coal sector could easily benefit from the current rise in global demand for metallurgical coal. Coal producing companies like New Colombia Resources, Inc. ( OTCQB : NEWC ) should be closely monitored as operations are just beginning to ramp up in Colombia. Be sure to pay close attention for further news developments and begin researching NEWC today.

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