Puerto Prodeco coal port

From Global Energy Monitor

The Puerto Prodeco coal port was a privately-operated Caribbean port located in the Puerto Zuñiga area adjacent to the Simon Bolivar Airport, approximately 15 km from Santa Marta in Magdalena department, Colombia.

The port was used exclusively by Prodeco,[1] a division of Glencore International, to export coal from its Colombian mining operations until 2013, when it was decommissioned in favor of the newly constructed Puerto Nuevo coal terminal.


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Puerto Prodeco, also known as Puerto Zuñiga[2], was the former Colombian coal export port for the Prodeco Group, Colombia's third largest coal exporter. Prodeco is a division of Glencore plc, which specializes in exploration, production, transportation and shipping of high-grade thermal and metallurgical coal.[3]

Prodeco agreed to cease operations at the port in 2013, partly to comply with new Colombian coal loading regulations, and partly because the Santa Marta region had been declared an area of touristic interest.[4] As of May 2013, all Prodeco coal exports are now handled by the Puerto Nuevo coal terminal, a few kilometers to the south of Puerto Prodeco.[5]

Project Details

  • Operator: Glenco International
  • Location: Puerto Zuñiga area, Magdalena department, Colombia
  • Annual Coal Capacity (Tonnes): N/A
  • Status: decommissioned in 2013 in favor of Puerto Nuevo coal terminal
  • Type: Exports
  • Coal source: Colombia

Articles and resources


  1. "Coal Cargoes & Ports: Puerto Prodeco", LBH Group website, accessed January 2015.
  2. "Santa Marta Port Information", Multiport Maritime Agents website, accessed January 2015.
  3. "Prodeco Group", Prodeco website, accessed January 2015.
  4. "PUERTO NUEVO: Contract for US$25 millions ready for design of coal port on the Coast", LBH website, accessed January 2015.
  5. "Glencore's Colombia unit opens 21 million tonne coal port", Reuters, May 29, 2013.

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