WCA welcomes Cerrejón into membership

7th Apr 2017

Bogota, 06 April, 2017 - Colombian mining giant, Cerrejón, has joined the World Coal Association (WCA). Cerrejón is the second member to join the WCA this year, and becomes part of a strong, global network of major coal producers and national associations working to demonstrate the role coal plays in a sustainable energy future.

Cerrejón is an integrated mining and transport complex in La Guajira, Colombia. It includes a thermal coal open-pit mine that produces more than 32 million tons a year, a railroad that is 150 kilometres long, and a maritime port able to receive ships of up to 180,000 tonnes dead weight. The company employs more than 12,000 people (direct jobs and contractors), of which over 99% are Colombian nationals. It is one of the most important private exporters and tax payers in Colombia.

Cerrejón is a company known for its commitment to be a responsible coal provider that works to prevent, mitigate and compensate its impacts which has adhered to leading social, environmental and human rights standards. Cerrejón has also been developed thorough social and environmental programs to ensure better quality of living in neighbor communities and is currently working to be a strong partner to promote development for the La Guajira region.

Cerrejón is independently operated, but belongs in three equal parts to subsidiaries of BHP Billiton, Anglo American, and Glencore. 

President of Cerrejón, Roberto Junguito said: “It is very important that Cerrejón is a member of the WCA which is the global industry network. As an important player in the Colombian economy and a key economic actor in La Guajira, the region where our production activity takes place, we are looking forward to leveraging our partnership with the WCA to ensure global energy security while meeting environmental commitments”.

Welcoming Cerrejón, Benjamin Sporton, WCA’s Chief Executive, said:  “I’m proud to welcome Cerrejón into our membership. We look forward to working with them on a range of issues including our shared goal of positioning coal as a key contributor to sustainable development. As the only body acting internationally on behalf of coal, I believe the WCA and Cerrejón can work together to remind policy makers of the important role coal plays in socio-economic development.”

Colombia has the largest coal reserves in Latin America and is one of the largest coal producers in the world.

The World Coal Association is the only body acting internationally on behalf of the coal industry.