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Colombia fails to meet annual coal export target

Friday, February 15, 2013

Colombia, the world's fourth-largest coal exporter, produced 89.2 million tonnes of coal last year, missing its full-year target after problems with strikes and environmental permits bit into output, the government said on Thursday.

Colombia's mining sector has been hit over the last year by a spate of labor disputes, including a strike at the main coal railway and a walkout at a Glencore-owned mine, as well as delays in environmental permits and a rise in guerrilla attacks.

Coal production last year missed the 2012 target by nearly 9 million tonnes, according to the National Mining Agency.

Source: Reuters