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Colombian coal production on the up

World Coal,

The National Mining Agency (NMA) of Colombia has reported that over H1 2014, the South American country’s coal production rose 14% year-on-year.

About 91% of this coal was exported overseas, the agency said.

Colombia, the largest coal producer in South America, produced 40.5 million t of coal in H1 2013.

The growth comes in the face of shutdowns at operations at Drummond and Colombian Natural Resources, as well as strikes at both Drummond and Cerrejon – the country’s biggest coal miners. Contract maintenance workers held a stoppage in July, while contract security workers staged a blockade of Cerrejon’s railway in both June and July. 

Written by Sam Dodson

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