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Colombian coal output affected by labor unrest

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Colombia will produce less coal than planned in 2012, with output dropping around 2 percent from its goal after labor unrest in thetop- producing province halted operations earlier this year, the government's mining information system said.

A five-week strike at Colombia's main coal railway and a three-month walkout at Glencore International Plc unit Prodeco's La Jagua mine slashed coal production in the third quarter.

Coal production fell 8 percent in the third quarter to 21 million tonnes from a year earlier due to the strikes in Cesar province, the mining regulator said earlier this month.

Source: Reuters