Pribbenow coal mine

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Pribbenow coal mine (or Mina Pribbenow, La Loma Mine) is an open-pit coal mine, operated by Drummond Ltd, a subsidiary of Drummond International LLC, in the Cesar Coal Basin, near La Loma, Colombia.[1][2][3]


The satellite photo below shows the location of Pribbenow coal mine in the Cesar Coal Basin near the town of La Loma and the village of La Jagua de Ibirico in northern Colombia.[1][2][4]

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Mina Pribbenow is owned by Drummond International LLC, an 80%-20% joint venture of Alabama-based Drummond Company Inc and the Japanese company Itochu Corp.[5][6] Along with the nearby El Descanso mine, Pribbenow is a part of Drummond's Colombian coal mining operations. Coal from Pribbenow is transported 193 kilometers (120 miles) by railcar on the renovated portion of the Colombian National Railroad System to Puerto Drummond on the northern coast for export.[4]

In January 2019, Colombia's national mining agency announced that it had extended Drummond’s license to operate its La Loma mine for an additional 20 years.[7]

Coal production at Drummond's Colombian operations totaled 32.7 million tonnes in 2019[8], with approximately 10 million tonnes coming from the Pribbenow mine.[9]


According to the New York Times in 2002, Drummond has been "accused of encouraging the assassination of three union leaders at its giant coal mine in Colombia. Drummond has been investigated over accusations it paid local paramilitary groups to kill union leaders.[10][11]

In 2013, after "continuously fail[ing] to retool its operations" per a Colombian government mandate, Drummond was forced to pay a $3.6 million fine, according to In These Times.

In 2013, a ship carrying coal at Puerto Drummond overturned, spilling hundreds of tons of coal into the water.[12] As a result, the Colombian government suspended Drummond's export license for nearly a month and implemented a new regulation requiring direct ship loading as of 1 January 2014.[4]

Drummond blamed the spill in part on construction delays tied to a 2013 mine workers' strike. According to In These Times, "the unrest that led to that labor action arguably stems from the same situation environmentalists blame for the dumping: the notorious impunity of many multinationals in the Global South, particularly in the energy sectors, which exploit poor countries' resources and workers to feed carbon-burning industries abroad."[12]

Project Details

  • Owner: Drummond Company Inc[2], Itochu Coal Americas[5]
  • Parent company: Drummond International LLC[13] (Drummond 80%, Itochu 20%)[6]
  • Location: Cesar Coal Basin between La Loma and and La Jagua de Ibirico.[1][2][4]
  • GPS coordinates: 9.567351, -73.500957
  • Mine status: Operating[1]
  • Start year: "early 1990s"[3]
  • Mineable reserves: 561.2 million tonnes[2]
  • Coal type: bituminous[4]
  • Mine size: 6,600 hectares[3]
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Production: 10 million tonnes[9]
  • Additional proposed production:
  • Equipment: 21 diesel-fueled generator (Caterpillar® 3516 and 3516B), 21 apron feeders, Marion 8750 Dragline, 145 793B, 793C and 793D Cat trucks, Caterpillar Customer Communication system and Allan Bradley RS Logix 500, KRUPP Conveyor System Spreaders[2]
  • Number of employees:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Drummond Ltd. Colombia mines organizational website, accessed Nov. 10, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Viewpoint Mining Magazine Power — a driving force at Drummond’s Mina Pribbenow Viewpoint Mining Magazine accessed Nov 10, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jack Kimball, Jackie Cowhig, and David Gregorio FACTBOX-Coal miner Drummond's operations in Colombia AP News Oct. 4, 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Wood Mackenzie Pribeenow Coal Mine Asset Report Summary, accessed Nov. 10, 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 "ITOCHU Corporation Invests in Drummond Company Colombian Mines | Press Releases | ITOCHU Corporation". ITOCHU Corporation. June 16, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Drummond to partially restart Colombian coal operations". S&P Global. April 9, 2020.
  7. Julia Cobb Colombia extends Drummond contract on coal mine for 20 years Reuters, Jan 20, 2019
  8. "Drummond cerró el año 2019 como el mayor productor de carbón por cuarta vez consecutiva: 32.7 millones de toneladas". Drummond Ltd. January 23, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Drummond le apuesta a exportar 32.5 millones de toneladas en 2019". Radio Guatapurí. August 27, 2019.
  10. bnamericas Drummond scraps plans to sell Colombia coal mine bnamericas, Nov 8, 2018
  11. Steven Greenhouse Alabama Coal Giant Is Sued Over 3 Killings in Colombia New York Times March 22, 2002
  12. 12.0 12.1 Michelle Chen Coal Spill Puts Spotlight on Colombia’s Labor and Environmental Struggles In These Times Jan 24, 2014
  13. Drummond Ltd 2017 Annual report corporate document, accessed Nov. 8, 2019

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