Ecuador and coal

From Global Energy Monitor

Ecuador produces no coal and is a marginal consumer.[1]

Coal Resources

In 1978, an assessment of the Geological Society of America found reserves in the exposed seams of the Malacatus and Loja basins held roughly 1 million metric tons each and the reserves in Cañar-Azuay basin held roughly 20 million metric tons, but that "little of this can be considered economically mineable, however, because an attempt at semi-mechanized underground mining was unsuccessful."[2]

Resource Details

Category Reserve Classification Quantity Units Data Year
BGR Estimate Reserves 24[3] million tonnes 2019
BGR Estimate Resources 0[3] million tonnes 2019
Geological Survey Reserves 0[2] million tonnes 1978
Geological Survey Resources 22[2] million tonnes 1978
Commercial Reserves Reserves million tonnes
Commercial Resources Resources million tonnes

Coal Production

Ecuador produces no coal and has no new proposed coal sources or projects.[1]

Coal Consumption

The country ranks 114th in the world for coal consumption.[1] Ecuador must import all of the coal it uses.

Coal Imports

In 2018, Ecuador imported 17,000 short tons of coal.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ecuador Coal Reserves and Consumption Statistics - Worldometer". Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J. E. O’Rourke, Coal basins of Ecuador, Coal Resources of the Americas Selected Papers eds. Frank E. Kottlowski; Aureal T. Cross; A. A. Meyerhoff (Geological Society of America Special Papers), 1978
  3. 3.0 3.1 BGR Energy Study 2019 - Data and Developments in German and Global Energy Supplies (23), 200 p, Hannover, Germany
  4. "Ecuador Primary coal imports, 1949-2020 -". Knoema. Retrieved 2021-04-26.