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Mar27 Coking Coal Mining in Colombia hit by Coronavirus Outbreak

Coal News - Published on Fri, 27 Mar 2020

Image Source: US Coal Mining Coronavirus Lockdown
World's fourth-largest coal exporter Colombia imposed a 19-day national quarantine, until the end of 13 April. While the presidential decree exempted coal mining from the quarantine, coking coal and met coke exporters said measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus, including a curfew across the country, have diminished the pool of available workers at mines and ports and slowed exports. One miner said the production coal chain has been diminished by 50pc. Initial impact is not that significant but will increase with time. He said "Even if you want to work some things are not flowing. There is a delay in operations because people are scared.”

Companies acknowledge the risks of a coronavirus outbreak among workers especially at underground mines. One company has asked mine owners to have workers sign a form that exempts the company from any liability in case the worker gets infected. Some workers at coking coal mines have not showed up to work for fear of getting sick.

Companies are also facing difficulties transporting coal from the interior of the country to Caribbean and Pacific ports.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 27 Mar 2020
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