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Colombia Cerrejon coal railway bombed and exports unaffected

Coal News - Published on Thu, 24 Oct 2013

Reuters reported that a stretch of the railway belonging to Colombia's biggest coal producer, Cerrejon, was bombed late on Tuesday, the second such attack in 10 days but one that would not have any immediate impact on exports.

Military sources said that this attack, like the previous one, was the work of the leftist FARC rebels. The guerrillas have stepped up attacks on coal and oil infrastructure in the last few weeks, also bombing the country's No. 2 oil pipeline.

No deaths or injuries were caused by the latest attack, which took the railway out of service just after it returned to use following the repair of damage caused by a similar attack on October 13th.

Cerrejon, without blaming it on any specific group, said that "An explosive charge was detonated at kilometer 15 causing the derailing of seven of 123 wagons. This is the second terrorist attack in the last 10 days affecting the train."

The railway is owned and used exclusively by Cerrejon, a JV between Anglo American Plc, BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata Plc.

In 2012, it carried 32.7 million tonnes of coal from its mine in La Guajira province to its own port, Puerto Bolivar.

Source – Reuters

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