Prodeco coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor
(Redirected from Prodeco Coal Operation)

[español]

This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.
Sub-articles:
Related-articles:

Prodeco coal mine is a coal mine operated by Prodeco Group, a subsidiary of Glencore, producing 15.6 million tonnes per annum, near the La Jagua municipality in the Cesar Department of Colombia.[1]

The mine consists of two open pits, Mina Calenturitas and Mina La Jagua, which had their operations merged in 2017. In March 2020, Glencore halted operations and placed the mines on care and maintenance, citing the COVID 19 pandemic, declining coal prices, and local unrest.[2]

Location

The satellite photo below shows the location of Mina Calenturitas, located in Cesar, Colombia.

Loading map...


The satellite photo below shows the location of Mina La Jagua, located in Cesar, Colombia.

Loading map...

Background

The Prodeco mine consists of two open pits, Mina Calenturitas and Mina La Jagua, which had their operations merged in 2017. In 1989, Colombia's state-owned coal company Carbocol granted a concession to Prodeco to operate the mine.[3] In 1995, Prodeco's Colombian coal assets were acquired by Glencore.[4]

In March 2020, Glencore halted operations and placed the mines on care and maintenance, citing the COVID 19 pandemic, declining coal prices, and local unrest.[2] In July 2020, Glencore sought to prolong the suspension, requesting state approval from the mining regulators to delay a restart.[5] As a result of the extended care and maintenance, Glencore's thermal coal output plunged 13% in 2020, from 132 to 114 million tonnes, accounting for the lack of production at the Prodeco coal mine.[6] The suspension was originally sought for as long as 4 years, but later reduced to 18 months.[1] In September 2020, the mining regulator ANM rejected Glencore's request to remain off line, but the company appealed. As of November 24, 2020, ANM has 30 days to make a final decision and has requested a "technical visit" to the mine.[7]

In February 2021, Glencore announced that it would relinquish its contracts for the Calenturitas and La Jagua mines, returning control of both units to the Colombian government.[8][9][10] Following the announcement, Colombian NGO Ambiente y Sociedad expressed concern that Glencore might abandon the Prodeco mine without presenting a suitable closure plan and without addressing the social and environmental problems caused by its mining operations over the preceding three decades.[11]

Project Details

  • Operator: Prodeco Group[12]
  • Owner: Glencore[12]
  • Location: near El Paso, La Jagua de Ibirico and Becerril municipalities in the Cesar Department of Colombia
  • GPS coordinates: 9.581323,-73.286097 (La Jagua); 9.643868, -73.480045 (Calenturitas)
  • Mine status: Operating, Care and Maintenance (March 2020)[2]
  • Start year: 1989[3]
  • Mineable reserves: 135 million tonnes[13]
  • Coal type: Bituminous (Thermal and Metallurgic)[14]
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: Surface, open pit
  • Production: 15.6 million tonnes per year (2019)[1]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:2,500[2]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Laurence Walker,Glencore seeks to suspend Colombian coal unit for 4 years, Montel News, July 15, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Prodeco seeks longer suspension of Colombia coal mining, Argus, July 6, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 Montoya-Domínguez, Estefanía (December 31, 2018). "La extracción de carbón en el centro del Cesar, Colombia: apuntes para la comprensión del conflicto ambiental (p 65)". Gestión y Ambiente.
  4. "Nuestra historia". Grupo Prodeco. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  5. Karl Decena,Glencore's Colombian coal mine wants to prolong stoppage, S&P Global,July 7, 2020
  6. Glencore forecasts coal production decline in 2020, Australian Mining, August 3, 2020
  7. Regulator to take Prodeco coal decision next month, Argus, November 24, 2020
  8. "Glencore to return Prodeco's coal mining contracts to Colombia". Nasdaq. February 4, 2021.
  9. "UPDATE 3-Glencore to return Prodeco's coal mining contracts to Colombia". Reuters. February 4, 2021.
  10. "Minera Prodeco inicia proceso para cerrar sus operaciones en Colombia". El Tiempo. February 4, 2021.
  11. "Prodeco Pretende Renunciar A Títulos Mineros En El Cesar". Asociación Ambiente Y Sociedad. February 8, 2021.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Global Methane Initiative, Colombia, Coal Overviews, 2010, p. 84.
  13. Glencore,Reserves and Resources Report, December 31, 2019
  14. Grupo Prodeco,Mina La Jagua, Company website, accessed May 9, 2021

Related GEM.wiki articles

External resources

External articles