Colombia Coal Production in Q3 Falls by 8%

From Coal Guru

Reuters reported that Colombian coal production fell 8% in the third quarter to 21 million tonnes versus the same period last year as labor disputes cut output in the world’s fourth largest coal exporter, according to data from the mining regulator.

Strikes at a key coal railway serving some of the country’s top producers and at a large mine have had a negative impact on output in Latin America’s top exporter of the material.

Drummond, the country’s second-biggest exporter, saw production increase a paltry 1.7% in the quarter to around 6 million tonnes versus a year before. Output fell 8.5% versus the second quarter this year.

Glencore owned mines saw output drop 21% due to a 3 month long strike at La Jagua coal mine. La Jagua’s is the highest-quality coal produced in Colombia and the mine’s production plunged 92% in the third quarter. Compared with the second quarter of 2012, total output from the mines fell nearly 19%

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