BOGOTA, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Coal miner Cerrejon’s Colombia production rose 2.1 percent in 2014 compared with the previous year, with exports reaching record levels of over 34 million tonnes, the company said on Tuesday.
Production during last year was 33.7 million tonnes, while exports climbed to 34.2 million tonnes, Cerrejon said in a statement on the 12-month period which saw a significant fall in international coal prices.
Colombia is the world’s fourth-biggest exporter of coal and sends the commodity mostly to European markets.
Cerrejon will continue to seek improvements in productivity in 2015, as well as taking steps to maintain output, the company said.
Cerrejon’s production and exports for 2013 were affected by a month-long strike by workers and guerrilla attacks against the company’s rail line. Output was 33 million tonnes that year, while exports were 33.5 million tonnes.
The company operates an open-air mine in the north-eastern department of La Guajira, which produces more than 33 milllion tonnes of coal per year, as well as a 150-kilometer railroad and a port.
The company is a joint venture between BHP Billiton , Anglo American PLC and Glencore Xstrata . (Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta,; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; editing by Andrew Hay)