The sales were made by Xcoal, and are the result of the Asian Marketing Initiative announced last month by CONSOL. “CONSOL Energy established its arrangement with Xcoal just in time to meet the strong demand for high-vol coking coal in China,” said Brett Harvey, president and CEO, CONSOL Energy. “We have now sold nearly a 500,000 tons of Northern Appalachian coal to Asia in one month, and we’ve sold it at a significant premium to our domestic thermal market.” The coal is headed to integrated steel mills located in the Hebei and Shangdong provinces of China.