Glencore to return Prodeco coal mining contracts to Colombia

Prodeco Coal, Colombia. Image courtesy of Glencore via Flickr.

Glencore subsidiary Prodeco will hand back its Colombian coal mining concessions after the country’s national mining agency (ANM) accepted an initially rejected request.

The Anglo-Swiss company this year said that the operations at the Calenturitas and La Jagua mines, which were put in care and maintenace in March 2020, would be handed back to Colombia because a restart of its operations would not be viable.

The initial request was rejected by the ANM because of outstanding obligations, including environmental management.

On Monday Glencore said Prodeco will comply fully with all its environmental and social obligations and that the mines will remain on care and maintenance until the formal process is complete.

(By Clara Denina; Editing by David Goodman)

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