A few months ago we reported on the shaky finances of Ambre Energy, Ltd, the Australian firm that's at the center of two of the three remaining coal export terminal proposals in Washington and Oregon. Ambre's finances paint the picture of a struggling, high-risk start-up: by the end of 2012 the company had burned through well over a hundred million dollars of its investors' money, accumulating massive debts and obligations in the process, yet still hadn't cobbled together even a hint of a profitable business.
But if the company's recent financial disclosures are accurate, our earlier report just scratched at the surface of Ambre's financial woes. Our brand-new look at the finances of Ambre's Morrow Pacific coal export project suggests that one of the company's export proposals is in deep financial trouble, because it faces:
Higher transportation costs than any nearby competitor;
Higher handling costs than existing coal terminal projects in the region; and
Greater capital costs than comparable export terminal projects.